Chris McAlister update

October 16, 2007 | Drew Forrester

Ravens cornerback Chris McAlister suffered a knee injury during Sunday’s game against the Rams that is still being evaluated by team doctors this afternoon.

McAlister suffered an injury to the posterior cruciate ligament in his knee, an injury that could require surgery and a minimum 8-10 week recovery period if the PCL was completely torn from the bone. Until the swelling subsides from the area surrounding the PCL, it’s difficult for doctors and/or an MRI exam to fully disclose the extent of the injury.

McAlister consulted with team medical personnel at a local hospital on Monday and earlier today to determine if, in fact, surgery was the only method of treatment for the injury. At this point, team medical personnel will evaluate the injury over the next 48 hours to watch for increased/decreased swelling, improved mobility and level of discomfort.

If the PCL tear isn’t complete, McAlister could miss anywhere from 3-6 weeks depending on the aggressiveness of the treatment and his knee’s response to the treatment.

UPDATE:  McAlister is reportedly optimistic of playing against the Steelers on Nov. 5, which would fall in line with a three-week recovery period that is indicative of a strained PCL ligament rather than a tear. Good news for CMac and the Ravens if it’s true.