Ravens cut Ken Hamlin

OWINGS MILLS -- Jarret Johnson had his surgery to repair a torn labrum in his shoulder after last season. The Baltimore Ravens' aggressive outside linebacker has dealt with back spasms for months. And he reported to training camp roughly 20 pounds lighter than usual due to the time he missed lifting weights this offseason due to the shoulder problem.

With McClain in a walking boot, McKie could be the one leading interference for Pro Bowl running back Ray Rice against the Steelers' defense on Sunday night at M&T Bank Stadium.

"You can read it any way you want," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said during his weekly radio program. "Jason McKie is a guy we like. He has a lot of special-teams experience. He's a good quality fullback. Le'Ron may still be playing. We'll get Jason involved. We'll see how much he can learn and whatever he feels good about, that'll be part of his game plan."

The Ravens chose McKie after trying him out Tuesday along with former Cleveland Browns and Tennessee Titans fullback-tight end Joel Gamble. "Unfortunately I was not signed by the Ravens, but like I said show must go on," Gamble wrote on his Twitter account. "They just missed out on a Great player and an even better Man." McKie, 30, is an experienced blocker. He was a starter for the Chicago Bears for four seasons before being released in the spring. The 5-foot-11, 247-pounder was signed to a five-year contract extension four years ago, but was cut in March after seven years with the team with two years remaining on his contract. Signed by the New Orleans Saints in May, he was cut in July and then signed again in August before the team terminated his contract on Sept. 10.

He hasn't played in a game this season. McKie entered the NFL with the Dallas Cowboys as an undrafted free agent out of Temple eight years ago.

He has started 47 career games, rushing for 84 yards and three touchdowns on 29 carries and catching 68 passes for 364 yards and three touchdowns. Hamlin played in seven games for the Ravens this season, recording three tackles and one interception

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