Banged-up Dickson, Ellerbe held out of practice

Banged-up Dickson, Ellerbe held out of practice
November 28, 2012, 4:45 pm
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Linebacker Dannell Ellerbe, cornerback Corey Graham, and tight end Ed Dickson and receiver/returner Jacoby Jones didn’t practice with the Ravens on Wednesday, but defensive end Pernell McPhee and cornerback Chris Johnson had limited action.

They were among 14 players listed on the injury report going into Sunday’s game vs. the Pittsburgh Steelers. Receiver Torrey Smith (thigh) had limited participation, too.

Johnson (hamstring) and McPhee (knee) didn’t play in last week’s 16-13 win at the San Diego Chargers.

Ellerbe, already playing with casts on both thumbs, went down in the second quarter of that game while in coverage with an ankle and knee injury. He wasn’t touched on the play and didn’t return against San Diego.

“We’ll take it by ear tomorrow to see if he can go,” coach John Harbaugh said. “We are day-by-day with Dannell.”

Dickson (knee) was hurt when blocking on a kick return. He was engaged in a block and teammate Anthony Allen crashed into him. He left the game with the Chargers and didn’t return.

Dickson didn’t have any structural damage, but he favored the leg heavily as he walked out of the locker room to get treatment.

“Whatever I can do to be out there, I’m going to be out there,” Dickson said. “I’m going to be out there Sunday.

“You see the play on film, it looks pretty bad. It swelled up pretty good.”

Johnson played in his first game with the Ravens two weeks ago, when he was signed as a free agent. He played only six snaps against the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Ravens’ opponent this week, but caused a fumble on his first play.

It was his first game of the 2012 season while he sat on the shelf and he contends it was just a lack of conditioning that was the problem.

“It’s looking positive. I’m just waiting to see where I fit in this week and go out there and play,” said Johnson, a ninth-year player who the Ravens use in nickel packages ahead of Chykie Brown. “I don’t like sitting on the sidelines. I did everything last week to get out there but they wanted to take precautions and get me ready for this week.

“Sitting out eight months, you got to get back in football shape even though you work out daily. … I’m treating it like a training camp, pushing myself harder to get back where I need to be.”

McPhee has missed four consecutive games for Baltimore and declared himself 100% recently. Harbaugh disputed that, but McPhee was elusive on where he stood for this week’s game.

He had been playing through injury all season, wasn’t productive and was visibly frustrated by it.

“It all boils down to coach. I have to talk to coach about that situation right now,” said McPhee, who wouldn’t divulge if he was still wearing a knee brace after saying he’d discarded it a few weeks ago. “Rest, that’s the only difference.”

With only a one-half sack after six last season, McPhee would’ve liked to have played in San Diego. The Ravens had a season-high six sacks of Philip Rivers.

“My boys were out there having fun and I missed it,” McPhee said. “I can cut, I can do whatever. But coach knows what’s best for me.”

Safeties Ed Reed (shoulder) and Bernard Pollard (chest) only took limited snaps Wednesday. Graham (illness) wasn't feeling well.