The Ravens have made their final two roster moves to get to the 75-man limit by Tuesday’s 4 p.m. deadline.
The roster moves will sideline McClain and Lewis-Moore for at least the first six weeks of the regular season. The two roster distinctions have the same timetable for returning to practice, but Lewis-Moore is on the Non-Football Injury list because he was hurt before arriving in Baltimore.
Both players could return to practice on Oct. 15 after the Week 6 game against the Green Bay Packers. The Ravens would then have three weeks to decide whether to move them to the active roster or place them on season-ending injured reserve.
McClain is working his way back from a spinal cord contusion that ended his 2012 season. The sixth-year linebacker has been sidelined for more than eight months, as the injury has taken longer than expected to heal.
McClain has not yet been cleared for football contact, but the Ravens are confident he will be able to return to the field eventually.
“The MRI will be clear,” Head Coach John Harbaugh said last week about McClain. “There’s no question at some point in time it will be clear. It’s just impossible, they say, to tell us the time frame.”
Lewis-Moore has also yet to practice for the Ravens as he’s recovering from a torn ACL he suffered in the BCS National Championship game in January. The Notre Dame product fell to the late rounds of the draft after the injury, and the Ravens picked him knowing that he might not see the field at all this season.
General Manager Ozzie Newsome said after drafting Lewis-Moore that if the Ravens "get something out of him in 2013, it's a plus."
Lewis-Moore hopes he’ll be able to play at some point this year, but putting him on the Non-Football Injury list keeps him from having to rush back from the injury.
“I would love to play this year, but obviously it’s all in the trainers’ hands and there’s nothing I can really do about that,” he said before the start of training camp. “The only thing I can do is just rehab my knee, and try to get back to 100 percent as soon as possible.”