Already reeling from the loss of 2011 Defensive Player of the Year Terrell Suggs for at least the early portion of the regular season, the Ravens have reportedly lost one of the candidates to help replace his production.
Outside linebacker Michael McAdoo suffered a torn Achilles tendon during an organized team activity this week and will likely miss the 2012 season, according to Scout.com.
The 6-foot-7, 245-pounder spent last season on injured reserve after being signed as a rookie free agent from the University of North Carolina. Considered a raw but promising project, McAdoo was among a group of young linebackers the Ravens are looking at to help replace Suggs’ presence in the vaunted Baltimore defense.
With Suggs’ status uncertain for the 2012 season, Paul Kruger is slated to begin the year as the starting rush linebacker while rookie Courtney Upshaw will assume the strongside linebacker spot vacated by former Raven Jarret Johnson. Sergio Kindle, Albert McClellan, and McAdoo figured to compete during the preseason for playing time in pass-rush situations.
McAdoo declared for the supplemental draft last year after eligibility problems forced him to sit out the 2010 season at Chapel Hill.