The Baltimore Ravens placed two starters, guard Marshal Yanda (shoulder) and linebacker Jameel McClain (spinal cord contusion), on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list as the team begins training camp.
Yanda and McClain won't be able to practice until they're removed from the list. If they remain on PUP to start the regular season, they would have to miss at least the first six games of the regular season.
The bigger concern is McClain, who missed the final three games of the regular season and the entire postseason with a spinal cord contusion. He has no restrictions on his exercise regimen but he hasn't been cleared for football activities. If the Ravens are without McClain, they will likely go with rookie Arthur Brown and Daryl Smith as their starting inside linebackers.
Placing Yanda on this list appears to be a precautionary move because he should be activated at some point in camp. Ravens coach John Harbaugh said Yanda was ahead of schedule when asked about the Pro Bowl guard last month.
Other candidates for PUP are cornerback Lardarius Webb (knee), Pro Bowl defensive tackle Haloti Ngata (sprained knee) and nose guard Terrence Cody (hip surgery). The Ravens haven't made any announcement on their status.