Ravens starting inside linebacker Jameel McClain is still consulting with doctors after ending the season on injured reserve with a spinal cord contusion.

The outlook for McClain to resume playing football remains "positive," according to two league sources with knowledge of the situation.

"All is progressing well with Jameel," one source told The Baltimore Sun. "The injury requires rest."

During a season-ending news conference, Ravens coach John Harbaugh expressed hope that McClain will return, saying, "We're very optimistic about that."

McClain recently indicated that doctors are taking a cautious approach with him and that he'll undergo another magnetic resonance imaging exam.

McClain remains optimistic that he'll eventually be cleared medically to play football again, adding that he's no longer feeling any pain in his back and neck since getting hurt Dec. 9 in an overtime loss to the Washington Redskins.