Pernell McPhee DL BAL 2 Months

McPhee had one solo tackle and one sack in Sunday's 48-17 win over Tampa Bay.

McPhee has quietly been one of Baltimore's best players this season, constantly applying pressure when given the chance. However, he primarily plays at the team's deepest position, which explains why he only gets about half of the defensive snaps. A former 3-4 defensive end, McPhee has turned into a surprisingly effective 3-4 outside linebacker, one that can also serve as an interior pass rusher on obvious passing downs. Though he has just seven tackles (three solo), two sacks and two passes defensed through six games, McPhee may be headed for a surprisingly big contract as a free agent next offseason.

Pernell McPhee DL BAL 4 Months

McPhee predicts that he will record double-digit sacks this season, ESPN.com reports.

Though he's drawn strong reviews throughout training camp and the preseason, McPhee primarily plays outside linebacker, the same position as Terrell Suggs, Elvis Dumervil and Courtney Upshaw. The Ravens have been using McPhee on the line in their nickel defense, and while that role could lead to a handful of sacks, double digits is probably pushing it. The versatility and pass-rushing potential could make McPhee valuable to the Ravens, but he won't get many tackles, and probably won't log enough snaps to have a realistic shot at double-digit sacks.

Pernell McPhee DL BAL Apr 08 '79

The Ravens are reportedly converting DL Pernell McPhee to outside linebacker.

It's a bit of an odd switch for a 6-foot-3, 280-pound defender who made his early-career mark as an interior hand-in-the-dirt pass rusher. Perhaps McPhee is just trying to add position flexibility to his resume. The Ravens are set in the starting lineup at rush 'backer with Elvis Dumervil bookending Terrell Suggs.

Pernell McPhee DL BAL Mar 04 '79

Ravens DL Pernell McPhee is participating fully in OTAs following offseason groin surgery.

After a terrific, six-sack rookie year, McPhee's sophomore season was ruined as he lost explosion due to double offseason knee surgeries. Despite more playing time, his sack total fell to 1.5. McPhee will return as a situational player behind Chris Canty and Arthur Jones, competing for pass-rush snaps in sub-packages.

Pernell McPhee DL BAL Jan 25 '79

Ravens DE Pernell McPhee's rehab is on schedule following groin surgery.

After an impressive six-sack rookie season, McPhee battled through knee, thigh and groin injuries in 2012, limiting him to just 1.5 sacks. The Ravens plan on giving McPhee plenty of looks as a rush linebacker, and hope a return to his rookie playing weight will help regain the burst he seemed to lack last season.

Pernell McPhee DL BAL Dec 03 '78

Ravens DE Pernell McPhee recently underwent groin surgery, but he's expected to be ready for training camp.

It's been a tough calendar year for McPhee. He had two knee surgeries last offseason, and then battled a thigh injury during the season. It sapped McPhee of the explosion he showed as a rookie in 2011. He was held to just 1.5 sacks in 2012, a year after recording six of them.

Pernell McPhee DL BAL Sep 09 '78

Ravens LE Pernell McPhee is trying to shed weight after losing his burst this season.

McPhee bulked up to 290 pounds last offseason, roughly 10 pounds heavier than his 2011 playing weight, and it has sapped him of his quickness. McPhee also underwent two arthroscopic knee surgeries after the season, and that surely hasn't helped. He hasn't played since Week 7 due to knee and thigh issues and has been limited to individual work in practice. After registering six sacks in spot work last year, McPhee entered the season as a starter, but he's posted just a half-sack in seven games.

Pernell McPhee DL BAL Aug 26 '78

Ravens LE Pernell McPhee (thigh, knee) is expected to return for Week 11 at Pittsburgh.

"I feel like I'm ready," said McPhee. "I feel like I'm 100 percent." The first-year starter has been a disappointment as a pass rusher this season after undergoing a pair of arthroscopic knee surgeries in the offseason.

Pernell McPhee DL BAL Aug 21 '78

Ravens DE Pernell McPhee (thigh, knee) has been ruled out for Week 10.

This makes two weeks in a row for McPhee, who underwent two arthroscopic surgeries on his right knee prior to training camp. McPhee hasn't been particularly effective this season generating only a half-sack and 16 tackles. Arthur Jones will again get the start in his place.

Pernell McPhee DL BAL Aug 14 '78

Ravens DE Pernell McPhee (thigh, knee) has been ruled out for Week 9.

McPhee has been dealing with the injuries over the past two weeks. "I'm just trying to get my knee back right," McPhee said earlier Friday. "I'm pretty banged-up, nicks and bruises." With McPhee sidelined, the Ravens are expected to start Arthur Jones in his place.