The Ravens added former Saints, Bears, and Cowboys FB Jason McKie and waived safety Ken Hamlin Tuesday afternoon in wake of the concerns regarding the injury to Pro Bowl FB Le’Ron McClain.
The Ravens added McKie, 30, because the injury that McClain suffered Sunday versus Tampa Bay-a sprained right ankle-could be one that lingers for several weeks, and the Ravens reached out to the veteran fullback with a need on Sunday in a big divisional game versus the Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday night.
When McClain left Sunday’s game versus the Bucs, the Ravens were forced to use the two tight end set often with rookie tight end Dennis Pitta also being used as an H-back.
With the Steelers’ bruising run defense, the Ravens coaching staff felt like they needed a physical, veteran needed to clear the running lane for running back Ray Rice.
The ninth-year man out of Temple should fill that void or at least be able to fill the role until McClain is healthy.
McKie recently spent this pre-season with the New Orleans Saints and saw action in three games with the World Champs before being waived.
Last season, he started 11 games for the Chicago Bears and appeared in all 16 games. He spent seven years in a Bears uniform after being signed as a rookie free agent by the Dallas Cowboys out of Temple.
He has played in a total of 88 games and has started 47 of them. He has 29 rushes in his career for 84 yards as well as 68 receptions for 364 yards as well as three receiving scores.
And for Ken Hamlin, he played in seven games for the Ravens after being with the Cowboys last year.
This marks the second time Hamlin has been waived this year. The first time came when the team re-activated Cary Williams when he returned from his two-game suspension.
He then returned when the team had a roster spot to fill when the team released DE Trevor Pryce and he signed with Rex Ryan’s New York Jets.
The irony of that situation? Hamlin was re-signed the week before the Ravens played the Steelers in Week 4.
Now he is cut before the second game against the Steelers in Week 13.
But once McClain is healthy, and the team only needs one fullback on the roster, Hamlin could very well be back in a Raven uniform once again this year given his special teams prowess.
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