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Ravens reinstate Rolando McClain from retired/reserved list

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The Ravens reinstated linebacker Rolando McClain from the reitired/reserved list on Thursday. This could signal the first step in a successful comeback for the Alabama star.

Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE

The Ravens reinstated formerly retired linebacker Rolando McClain on Thursday, according to NFL.com. The move comes as a mild surprise considering  McClain reportedly tanked his workout on Tuesday, showing up late, not able to finish his conditioning tests and just generally stinking up the place.

The former 1st round pick of the Raiders in 2010 retired as a Raven in 2013 in order "to get his priorities straight", after a very tumultuous 3 years in the league.

The former college star has the backing of Alabama Head Coach Nick Saban and perhaps Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome, as he tries to make a comeback.

The Ravens have Daryl Smith and second year linebacker Arthur Brown on the roster, so the linebacker position does not appear to be a serious need.  Anyhthing McClain could be able to contribute would be considered an added bonus.

McClain's reinstatement could be the first step in a successful comeback, or the pre-cursor to being released.