Ellerbe requires 'strongest meds possible' to play

Ellerbe requires 'strongest meds possible' to play
December 21, 2012, 6:00 pm
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When the Ravens put out their injury report Friday, it appears the only sure thing for Sunday’s vs. the New York Giants is that safety Bernard Pollard will not play for the second game in a row.

Pollard (ribs) is listed as doubtful and hasn’t practiced all week. Neither did receiver Tandon Doss (ankle) and running back Bernard Pierce (concussion), who top a list of seven listed as questionable.

Linebacker Dannell Ellerbe (ankle) has missed each game in this three-game losing streak. He worked out during pregame drills last week but couldn’t play.

"I’m not 100% yet but hopefully I’ll be able to go," Ellerbe said. "It’ll all come down to how strong the meds (are). I want the strongest meds possible."

If linebacker Ray Lewis (triceps) is activated by the 4 p.m. deadline Saturday, the Ravens could have two key pieces back for a defense that has been riddled with injuries. They’ll officially move linebacker Jameel McClain (spinal contusion) to the injured list.

"If Ray plays," Ellerbe said, "that’ll be great."

Lewis hasn’t spoken since returning to practice a week ago. He tore his right triceps, which is noticeably atrophied, Oct. 14 and soon had surgery to repair the tendon. It takes four months for it to heal properly.

Linebacker Terrell Suggs (biceps) is listed as probable along with eight other teammates, including tackle Arthur Jones (shoulder), tight end Ed Dickson (knee) and end Pernell McPhee (groin).

Dickson last played Nov. 25 when he was hurt on a special teams play.

Also among the questionables: fullback Vonta Leach (ankle), linebacker Albert McClellan (thigh/shoulder), receiver Torrey Smith (concussion) and guard Marshal Yanda (ankle).

Yanda sat out last week with the injury. Smith and Pierce have to take and pass baseline testing for their concussions before they can play again.