Harbaugh: Ravens won't back down from challenging road to postseason
The most glaring loss among the linebackers is probably Dannell Ellerbe -- not Ray Lewis.
Ellerbe missed his third consecutive game for the Ravens last week with an ankle injury, and his team has lost all three.
Noted for his ability to drop back in coverage, Ellerbe helped fill the void left by Lewis when he went down Oct. 14 with a triceps tear. The Ravens’ struggling defense actually got better with Ellerbe taking 100% of the snaps.
“It felt good out there in the walkthrough so I’m going to wait later on in the week and test it and see how it feel,” Ellerbe said of the possibility that he plays Sunday vs. the New York Giants.
Ellerbe tried to loosen up before the 34-17 loss to the Denver Broncos last week, but there never was a chance that he’d play.
“It didn’t feel close. If I was close I would’ve went. I wasn’t close at all,” he said.
The defense has lost linebacker Terrell Suggs (biceps), safety Bernard Pollard (chest/ribs), linebacker Jameel McClain (neck/back) and cornerback Chris Johnson (hamstring) during the losing streak. McClain is on injured reserve leaving his season is finished. Safety Ed Reed admitted he was sick during the game with Denver.
Losing has increased the urgency Ellerbe is feeling to return, but he realizes he can’t force anything if his body won’t let him.
“It can mentally (affect you), but if my leg is not ready to go it’s not ready to go,” he said. “I wanted to go back out there for the second half of the Chargers game, but it just wasn’t happening.”