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Ellerbe's faith in himself remains unshaken

Ravens inside linebacker Dannell Ellerbe's sophomore season in the NFL has not unfolded as he had hoped.

After starting five games last year – including the Ravens' two playoff contests – as an undrafted rookie, Ellerbe has made just one start thus far and has been deactivated in two of the team's last three games.

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But Ellerbe's belief in himself hasn't been shaken.

"Just faith," he said of his mentality. "I believe in myself."On Monday, coach John Harbaugh said that Jason Phillips was activated for Sunday's 37-13 victory over the Carolina Panthers instead of Ellerbe because of his play on special teams and his ability to avoid penalties.

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Ellerbe said he has tried to improve in both of those areas.

"Everything I go through, I try to learn from it, and I try not to let it happen again," he said. "It's a learning process. I'm trying to have a long career."

Ellerbe acknowledged that he'd be thrilled to be included on the 45-man gameday roster, but he also said that all he can do is concentrate on his play.

"I always come out here and try to do my best and try to help the team," he said. "At the end of the day, it's up to the coaches. I really don't have anything to do with that."

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