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Ellerbe hopeful about playing vs. Browns

Inside linebacker spent past weekend rehabbing troublesome hamstring injury

By Edward Lee

2:50 PM EST, November 28, 2011

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A nagging hamstring prevented Dannell Ellerbe from making his second consecutive start at inside linebacker, but Ellerbe said he is aiming to be available for the Ravens’ game at the Cleveland Browns on Sunday.

“Hopefully,” Ellerbe said Monday of his chances of playing in Cleveland. “Trying to. Pushing for it.”

Ellerbe, who was slated to start in place of the injured Ray Lewis (toe), was replaced by Albert McClellan, who finished with four tackles in his first career start.

To accelerate the healing process, Ellerbe stayed around the team’s training facility in Owings Mills this past weekend and rehabbed the hamstring. “Got to do what it takes to get better,” he said.

The injury has bothered Ellerbe for a good portion of the season, forcing the Ravens to deactivate him for five contests in a six-week span. The inactivity has frustrated Ellerbe, but he said he focuses on the future.

“You have to think long-term because it is a business and I didn’t want to go out there halfway healthy and hurt the team,” he said. “When I go out there, I want to be able to contribute, not be a factor in us losing or anything like that. I want to help us win.”