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Ravens linebacker Dannell Ellerbe downplays sprained right ankle

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Ravens starting inside linebacker Dannell Ellerbe downplayed the severity of an injury that sidelined him during the fourth quarter Sunday when he aggravated a sprained right ankle.

Ellerbe was down on the ground for a while after combining with cornerback Cary Williams on a tackle before limping off to the sideline with doctors and trainers attending to him. He later returned to the game as the Ravens defeated the Indianapolis Colts, 24-9, during an AFC wild-card playoff game at M&T Bank Stadium.

Ellerbe emphasized that he'll definitely be ready for Saturday's AFC divisional-round road playoff game against the Denver Broncos.

"Yeah, I'll be fine," Ellerbe said. "It's not that bad. At first, it was hurting. I walked it off."

Ellerbe had nine tackles Sunday, one for a loss, and a quarterback hit on rookie Andrew Luck.

He finished the regular season with 89 tackles and 4 1/2 sacks.

Ellerbe has dealt with several injuries this season, including a broken thumb, a sprained thumb, a left foot injury and the right ankle injury sustained against the San Diego Chargers.

"I'm feeling good for the most part," Ellerbe said. "I do need to take time off after the season, most definitely."

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