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Shea McClellin | Linebacker | #58

Team: New England Patriots
Age / DOB:  (28) / 8/1/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 250
College: Boise State
Drafted: 2012 / Rd. 1 (19) / CHI
Contract: view contract details

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The Boston Herald reports Shea McClellin's (injured reserve) injury is a concussion.
The Pats had kept the nature of McClellin's injury under wraps. It's a scary situation because McClellin has been sidelined since early in camp, and recently suffered a setback. He'll miss the rest of 2017, as Wednesday at 4 PM ET is the deadline to activate him. Any time a concussion sidelines a player for an entire season, it should be considered career-threatening. Tue, Nov 7, 2017 02:11:00 PM

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Patriots LB Shea McClellin (undisclosed, injured reserve) "seems to have suffered a setback," and is expected to miss the rest of the season.

Amazingly, it's still unclear what McClellin's injury even is. Either way, the reserve Swiss-army type has been sidelined since early in camp. McClellin is due over $2 million between salary and bonuses in 2018. He might not be retained at that price.
Tue, Nov 7, 2017 01:51:00 PM

Patriots placed LB Shea McClellin on injured reserve.

McClellin missed most of camp and the preseason dealing with an undisclosed injury. A good special teamer with the ability to play multiple positions on defense, his loss is more impactful than it may appear on the surface. RB Brandon Bolden was re-signed in a corresponding move.
Mon, Sep 4, 2017 12:57:00 PM

Patriots coach Bill Belichick said "there’s definitely some similarities" between Shea McClellin's and Rob Ninkovich's "skill sets."

"I mean, they both played on the line in college," Belichick said. "Shea’s probably played a little more off the line than Rob has, but Rob’s played off the line, too." The coach also praised McClellin for being "a very valuable and versatile guy." The comparison and praise are notable after Ninkovich retired over the weekend. McClellin should compete with the likes of Kony Ealy, Geneo Grissom, and rookie Derek Rivers to fill Ninkovich's old role.
Tue, Aug 1, 2017 12:28:00 PM

Shea McClellin worked primarily at defensive end during the Patriots' offseason program.

McClellin entered the league as a defensive end, but he spent the last two years playing as an off-ball linebacker. It seems as if the Patriots like him better as a pass rusher. He is too slight to play defensive end full-time, but he should fill a role in sub packages.
Mon, Jun 27, 2016 09:12:00 AM

ESPN Patriots reporter Mike Reiss expects newly-signed LB/DE Shea McClellin to be used in multiple spots.

McClellin played as an off-the-ball linebacker in his last two seasons in Chicago, and that is likely where he will line up most of the time with New England. He came into the league as a pass rusher, however, and he was seen lining up at defensive end during OTAs. McClellin is too slight at this point in his career to be a full-time end, but he could certainly help out in sub packages.
Source: ESPN
Sat, Jun 4, 2016 11:01:00 AM

Patriots signed LB Shea McClellin, formerly of the Bears, to a three-year contract.

The 19th overall pick in the 2012 draft, McClellin never found a home in Chicago, shuffling between defensive end and outside linebacker to eventually inside linebacker in 2015. He was a below-league-average starter on the inside last year with the Bears. McClellin is still only 26 years old, and the Patriots have a knack for maximizing players' strengths and minimizing their weaknesses. Following the retirement of Jerod Mayo, McClellin could find himself in the mix to start at middle linebacker between SLB Jamie Collins and WLB Dont'a Hightower.
Wed, Mar 16, 2016 10:06:00 PM

Free agent LB Shea McClellin is visiting the Seahawks on Tuesday.

The ex-Bear visited the Jets last Friday. McClellin is a man without a set position, and would have to earn a starting job wherever he ends up.
Tue, Mar 15, 2016 04:27:00 PM

Free agent LB Shea McClellin is visiting the Jets on Friday.

The Chicago Tribune reports McClellin could "still return to the Bears." Going on 27, the 2012 first-rounder has flopped both on the inside and out at linebacker. Wherever he ends up, he'll likely begin 2016 as a reserve.
Fri, Mar 11, 2016 04:40:00 PM

The Chicago Tribune believes the Bears are interested in re-signing ILB Shea McClellin.

"We like Shea," GM Ryan Pace said Thursday. "We feel like his arrow is still pointing up, especially at the inside linebacker position." McClellin shifted inside last season, but was scarcely more effective than he was on the edge. He turns 27 in August. Reporter Dan Wiederer expects the Bears to let the open market establish McClellin's value.
Thu, Feb 25, 2016 07:54:00 PM

Bears ILB Shea McClellin is week to week with a concussion.

McClellin missed three games earlier this season with a knee issue. Making the transition from outside linebacker, McClellin has been a dud on the interior of Vic Fangio's defense.
Mon, Dec 21, 2015 03:06:00 PM

Bears DC Vic Fangio said ILB Shea McClellin (knee) has a "50/50" chance to play Monday against the Chargers.

"I watched him today out there. He got some action," said Fangio. "I think it’s 50-50." McClellin hasn't played since spraining his knee in Week 5. He's made a smooth transition to inside linebacker after starting his career as an outside linebacker/defensive end.
Thu, Nov 5, 2015 04:46:00 PM

Bears ILB Shea McClellin (knee) is listed as doubtful for Week 8.

Once viewed as a first-round draft bust, McClellin came on as a run-stopping inside linebacker early in the season under new DC Vic Fangio. He's been out since Week 5 with a sprained knee.
Fri, Oct 30, 2015 02:58:00 PM

Bears ILB Shea McClellin (knee) is considered week-to-week.

The Bears are promoting ILB Jonathan Anderson from the practice squad. He could conceivably get the start next to ILB Christian Jones in the Bears' 3-4 scheme. McClellin has received plus marks from PFF for his run defense.
Tue, Oct 13, 2015 09:16:00 PM

Bears ILB Shea McClellin suffered a left knee injury Week 5 against the Chiefs.

McClellin injured the knee on the first play of the second half. He rode the cart to the locker room and did not return. McClellin was spotted with a brace on the injured knee in the locker room after the game but was able to walk without assistance. We would say McClellin's status will be updated throughout the week, but the Bears have been ridiculously tight-lipped about injuries so far this season.
Mon, Oct 12, 2015 10:52:00 AM

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