Don’t Count Le’Ron Out

Jason McKie, Dennis Pitta, Ed Dickson and, yes, Le’Ron McClain are in the FB mix.

Posted by Ryan Mink on Wednesday, December 1st, 2010 at 1:51 pm | Categories: 2010 Season, Ryan Mink, Week 13 vs Steelers

When the Ravens signed fullback Jason McKie Tuesday, Ravens Head Coach John Harbaugh said people could interpret the meaning behind the move however they like.

Several media outlets and fans saw it as a strong indicator that starting fullback Le’Ron McClain (ankle) will miss Sunday’s game against Pittsburgh.
Not so fast.

“We think he’s got a chance,” Harbaugh said. “I don’t know what the percentages are. It’s a tough ankle sprain, but he’s played with those kind of things before, so we’ll have to see.”

Today, McClain was limping around the Ravens’ locker room without the boot he donned after last Sunday’s game. He wasn’t present during the portion of practice open to the media.

Asked whether he would be able to play Sunday, McClain said, “I don’t know,” according to National Football Post. McClain added that he shouldn’t be ruled out.

There’s a mix of players that could step into the position.

McKie, who is entering his ninth season, is obviously a candidate but he would have to learn the Ravens’ offense (or at least chunks of it) in less than a week. He spent the past seven seasons in Chicago.

“He gives us some more depth at fullback,” Harbaugh said. “We’ll see what he can pick up and learn. He’s a guy that has a real good history in the league, knows what he’s doing.”

Tight ends Dennis Pitta and Ed Dickson are also candidates. Pitta filled in for McClain in the second half versus the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Dickson, who was inactive due to a hamstring injury, said he also has practiced the position with the Ravens. Dickson said he’s “day-to-day” with his hamstring.

Harbaugh also said the Ravens could turn to their running backs, such as Willis McGahee or Jalen Parmele.

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