Chris McAlister’s right knee injury will not require surgery, although the All-Pro cornerback has suffered a torn posterior cruciate ligament that could sideline him for anywhere from 2 to 4 games. In addition to WNST.net, Comcast SportsNet is also reporting today that McAlister’s PCL is torn and that he will likely miss at least the next two games if not more.
McAlister wore a heavy protective brace around his right knee today at the team’s training facility and did not practice in preparation for Sunday’s game against the Bills. Although he tried to deflect discussion about the injury in a quick gathering of the media in the locker room following practice by saying, “Who knows? I could be ready for Pittsburgh…I might even be ready for Buffalo”, it’s becoming more widely known now that McAlister is likely to miss at least the next two games while he undergoes physical therapy and traditional rehab to try and stabilize the knee without having surgery. A surgical procedure to repair a torn PCL normally requires 8-to-10 weeks of rehab before normal activity can be resumed.
The Ravens continue to stay with their original statement – “Chris has a knee injury that we are monitoring and, at this point, we’re waiting to hear more from the doctors and trainers” – and by NFL rules they merely had to note that McAlister did not practice today in their daily injury update to the league. Not until this Friday do the Ravens have to list McAlister by the traditional method — likely to be either “doubtful” or “out” for Sunday’s game against Buffalo. It’s certainly not in the Ravens best interest to disclose the nature of McAlister’s injury until they absolutely have to, as the Bills continue to prepare for Sunday’s game expecting to see C-Mac in Baltimore’s defensive backfield.