It has been a long and frustrating season for Ravens quarterback Steve McNair, and Monday his season officially came to a close as the QB was placed on injured reserve. The former MVP will be undergoing shoulder surgery to repair damage to his left shoulder. There is already whispers that the injury may be the final straw for the 34-year-old, who has been hurt more than healthy this season, and even when he was healthy he seemed like a shell of his former self.
The actual injury to McNair took place back in a home loss to the Bengals back on November 11th. He sustained a partial dislocation of his non-throwing shoulder in that loss, as well as damage to the rotator cuff. The rehab for McNair is expected to be a few months. McNair played in six games total in 2007, completing 133 of 205 passes for 1,113 yards, with only two touchdown passes and four interceptions, for a passer rating of 73.9.
He was hurt early in the season with a groin injury, and appeared to have overcome that only to now be sidelined with the shoulder injury. The team will continue to go with Kyle Boller, who they resigned earlier this season to a new deal. Boller will be backed up by rookie Troy Smith from Ohio State. The Ravens will face a tough call with McNair, and if they want him back as their starter next season. The same decision will face McNair, and if he wants to try and tough through more injuries.