McClellin is uncertain to continue his playing career due to the "cumulative effect of concussions," Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports. "I'm still staying ready, still working out. I've learned to never say never, there's always a chance that I could still play again, but for now all my focus is on coaching high school [football]," McClellin said.
While McClellin isn't officially retiring, that appears to be a likely outcome for the linebacker, who has sustained five documented concussions over the course of his career. A first-round pick of the Bears in 2012, McClellin has appeared in 66 regular-season games with Chicago and New England, accruing 8.5 sacks. He spent the entire 2017 campaign on the Patriots' injured reserve list with a concussion before getting released in March.
McClellin (concussion) was released by the Patriots on Monday, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports.
Per the report, McClellin's release stems from a failed physical, which may stem from missing the entirety of the 2017 season due to the aftereffects of a concussion. The 28-year-old should draw attention from other teams.
Patriots head coach Bill Belichick confirmed Wednesday that McClellin (concussion) wouldn't be activated from injured reserve, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports.
With McClellin's 21-day practice window coming to a close Wednesday and the linebacker having recently suffered a setback in his recovery from the concussion, it was an easy choice for the Patriots to shut him down for the season rather than activate him. McClellin will enter the final year of his three-year, $8.95 million contract with the Patriots in 2018.
McClellin, who was previously placed on injured reserve with an undisclosed injury, is dealing with a concussion and recently suffered a setback in practice, Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald reports.
The linebacker was eligible to return from IR this week, but the setback now puts McClellin's season in jeopardy. It looks like the Patriots will remain as cautious as possible with McClellin given how long his recovery from the concussion has dragged on, so look for the team to instead use its two available slots to activate players from IR elsewhere.
McClellin (undisclosed) returned to practice Wednesday, Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald reports.
McClellin hadn't practiced since suffering a still-undisclosed injury during the opening days of training camp. The Patriots now have a three-week window to activate McClellin to the 53-man roster or place him on season-ending injured reserve.
Coach Bill Belichick said Tuesday that there is a "possibility" that McClellin (undisclosed) could return to practice this week, Nora Princiotti of The Boston Globe reports.
McClellin was placed on injured reserve at the start of the regular season after missing most of training camp. Whether McClellin is back at practice this week, it is clear, given Belichick's optimism, that the linebacker is close to making his return to the field. Expect another update on his status to come later in the week.
McClellin (undisclosed) was placed on injured reserve Monday, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports.
McClellin missed the majority of the preseason with an undisclosed injury and will now be sidelined for at least the first half of season. The six-year pro was a key contributor on special teams and select defensive packages for the Super Bowl champs last season, playing in 14 games and making four starts. In a corresponding move, the Patriots resigned running back Brandon Bolden - another key special teamer for the Patriots over the past few years.
McClellin (undisclosed) has not participated in practices recently, Erik Scalavino of the Patriots' official site reports.
McClellin isn't in danger of being left off the roster, but he's still fighting for more snaps this season after free-agent signee David Harris arrived in New England. The Boise State product posted 41 tackles and one sack in 2016.
McClellin could see his playing time take a hit this season due to the addition of David Harris, Mike Reiss of ESPN reports.
McClellin played 34.5 percent of the defensive snaps last season, tallying 41 tackles, one sack and one fumble recovery in the process. The Jets surprisingly cut Harris in an economic-based move, but he figures to get plenty of snaps for the Patriots. It remains to be seen how his presence will cut into McClellin's snaps, but he will presumably see less time on the field.
McClellin (concussion) is active for Sunday's Week 7 game against Pittsburgh.
McClellin is playing after being limited in practice all week. He'll start at linebacker alongside Dont'a Hightower and Jamie Collins.
McClellin (concussion) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Steelers.
McClellin practiced in a limited fashion this week, but even if he is able to suit up Sunday, he's off the IDP radar in most formats, with nine tackles in four games to date this season.
McClellin (concussion) is inactive for Sunday's tilt with the Bengals.
McClellin will have to pass league concussion protocol before he can return to the field. The Patriots' linebacking corp is extra thin this Sunday, as Jamie Collins (hip) has also been ruled out. Look for Barkevious Mingo and Elandon Roberts to see plenty of action Sunday as result of the injuries.
McClellin (concussion) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Browns.
McClellin did not practice this week and remains in the NFL's concussion protocol. It's unclear when he'll be able to return.
McClellin (concussion) did not participate in Wednesday's practice.
McClellin likely is going through the league's concussion protocol, so his status won't be known until later in the week. With fellow weakside linebacker Jonathan Freeny dealing with a shoulder ailment, there's a chance the Patriots could be thin at the position come Sunday.
McClellin has reached an agreement with the Patriots, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
McClellin's 81 tackles left him second on the Bears in 2015 despite the fact that he was limited to 12 games by a concussion and a knee injury. It was by far his most successful NFL season as he seemed much better fit for the inside linebacker position than his previous spots on the outside or at defensive end. The Patriots run a 4-3, so it will be interesting to see how he fits into their defense.
McClellin recorded 81 tackles in his 12 games with the Bears during the season.
McClellin ended up finishing second on the team in tackles, but likely would have led the Bears had he not missed three games due to a knee injury and one contest due to a concussion. He was able to return from the head injury in advance of the Week 17 loss to the Lions, but only played 11 snaps, as the Bears elected not to overwork him. Even so, the team's coaching staff seemed very satisfied with McClellin in his first season as a middle linebacker, so he could be back as a starter for the club in 2016.
McClellin (concussion) is active for Sunday's game against the Lions, ESPN Chicago's Jeff Dickerson reports.
McClellin was only a limited participant in practices this week, but after enduring no further setbacks in his recovery from a concussion, the Bears signed off on his return. Injuries have forced McClellin to miss four games this season, but he's been reasonably effective when he's on the field, producing 81 tackles over 11 games.
McClellin (concussion) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Buccaneers, Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune reports.
McClellin didn't practice all week due to the head injury after failing to progress quickly enough through the league's concussion protocol. He'll miss his fourth game of the season as a result, paving the way for Christian Jones to rejoin the starting lineup.
McClellin (knee) is active for Sunday's game against the Redskins.
After being limited in Wednesday's practice session, McClellin logged full practices Thursday and Friday to eliminate any doubt about his status for Week 14. After an inconsistent first three seasons in the NFL, McClellin appears to have found a home as a 3-4 inside linebacker. He ranks second on the team with 66 tackles, despite playing in only nine of 12 games.
McClellin amassed nine tackles in Sunday's 26-20 overtime loss to the 49ers.
Since returning Nov. 15 from a three-game absence due to a knee injury, McClellin has put himself on the map for those in deep IDP leagues looking for extra help at linebacker. In his last four games, McClellin has compiled 33 tackles to go along with a forced fumble and a recovery. He's been consistent with his production, too, finishing with between six and 10 stops in all four of those games.