Second-year outside linebacker Michael McAdoo, who spent his rookie year on injured reserve with a knee injury, tore his Achilles tendon last Thursday and will sit out the 2012 season.
Ravens coach John Harbaugh said Wednesday that McAdoo isn't going anywhere, though.
"I'm just disappointed for him. You feel bad,” Harbaugh said. “Here's a guy that's done a good job. He's in the weight room, all offseason he's been in the weight room. He hasn't played football in really two years. Now it's going to be three years. He's not a guy we're going to give up on. He's going to be a project for us. …. We'll see if he can be a player next year.”
McAdoo, an intriguing pass-rushing prospect, has not played in a game since his last game at the University of North Carolina in 2009. The NCAA suspended him in 2010 for academic fraud and accepting improper benefits. The Ravens signed him as a rookie free agent last summer after he wasn't selected in the 2011 supplemental draft.
McAdoo wasn't a shoo-in to make the team, but he was expected to push Sergio Kindle, Albert McClellan and others in training camp for a spot on the 53-man roster. There was a chance he could have been cut if he didn't make the squad out of camp, but now the Ravens can keep him under contractual control for 2013 by placing him on injured reserve.
At cornerback Lardarius Webb's charity softball game on Sunday, inside linebacker Jameel McClain spoke about the injury to McAdoo, who was forced to miss the event due to his injury.
"The advice I give to anybody facing adversity is you've got to keep fighting," McClain said. "You've got to keep striving towards your ultimate goal because there are definitely going to be setbacks. McAdoo knows setbacks. … So hopefully, he'll come back strong, and I know he will."
Even with McAdoo out of the mix and Suggs likely sidelined until at least midseason, Harbaugh doesn't expect the Ravens to sign another outside linebacker.
"Our numbers are OK there," he said, adding that they will replace McAdoo with the best player they can regardless of position.