It seems one Raven came away with more than just one of the team’s five interceptions on Sunday against the Rams. What Brian Billick originally described as a “tweaked” knee is turning out to be something far more serious for cornerback Chris McAlister. Apparently, C-Mac’s knee has been swollen since the game, and Doctors have diagnosed him with an injury of the posterior cruciate ligament (PCL). The swelling is currently preventing a full evaluation of the injury, which may or may not require surgery. If surgery is indeed necessary, McAlister would basically be on the shelf for the rest of the season (8-10 weeks), while a best case scenario for non-surgical treatment would put him back in action in anywhere from 3-6 weeks, according to Drew Forrester over at wnst.net .
The Ravens secondary just played their first game since week 1 at full strength, and will now again be missing a pivotal cog. C-Mac’s play has been less than stellar so far this season, as he has been beat on several long touchdowns (and almost one more on Sunday). However, he is still one of the absolute BEST cornerbacks in the NFL, and those Ravens fans who are critical of him may be about to see just how badly the purple and black D depends on him.
Lets keep our fingers crossed that surgery is not on the horizon for Chris.