McClain intends to play vs. Texans

While coach

John Harbaugh

called the availability of

Jameel McClain

a game-time decision, the


inside linebacker said he plans to line up in his customary starting position next to fellow inside linebacker

Ray Lewis


“There’s no doubt in my mind,” McClain said after Friday’s practice. “I’m going out there. I’m here to play football. So that’s my goal.”

McClain (sprained left knee) and fellow inside linebacker

Brendon Ayanbadejo

(sprained right quadriceps) loom as the biggest injury concerns for Sunday’s


divisional contest against the

Houston Texans


McClain, who ranks second on the defense in tackles with 81, practiced fully Wednesday before being downgraded to limited participation Thursday and Friday. Ayanbadejo has been limited all three days. Both are listed as questionable.

“It’s going to come down to a game-day decision,” Harbaugh said, referring to both McClain and Ayanbadejo. “They both practiced to different degrees. We’ll just have to see how they are on Sunday right before the game. We are optimistic about both guys.”

Five players who practiced fully all three days are probable for Sunday. They are wide receiver

Anquan Boldin

(knee surgery), right guard

Marshal Yanda

(rib/thigh bruises),

inside linebacker

Dannell Ellerbe



symptoms), strong safety

Tom Zbikowski

(post-concussion symptoms) and rookie cornerback

Jimmy Smith

(post-concussion symptoms).

Said Harbaugh of Ellerbe, Zbikowski and Ellerbe: “The guys with the concussions will play.”

The Texans upgraded two starters in wide receiver

Andre Johnson

(knee) and cornerback

Johnathan Joseph

(hip) from limited to full participation Friday, and both are listed as probable.

Two starters in tight end

Owen Daniels

(right hand) and right guard

Mike Brisiel

(ankle)  were limited for the third consecutive day, but are also probable against the Ravens.

Five starters who fully practiced for the third straight day – rookie quarterback T.J. Yates (left shoulder), rookie outside linebacker

Brooks Reed

(knee), nose tackle

Shaun Cody

(knee), center

Chris Myers

(knee) and right tackle

Eric Winston

(calf) – are probable for Sunday.