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McKinney surprised by scratch, Pitta not so much

To make room for wide receiver Donte' Stallworth and inside linebacker Tavares Gooden for Sunday's game against the Miami Dolphins, the Ravens deactivated defensive tackle Brandon McKinney and inside linebacker Dannell Ellerbe.

McKinney, who had made four consecutive starts prior to Sunday, conceded that he was surprised at being scratched.

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"Yeah, I was," he said. "I guess it was a last-minute thing. I had no idea, but I've got to go with it."

McKinney said he was disappointed that he couldn't play.

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"Yeah, it's frustrating because I'm a competitor," he said. "I always want to be out there, and I want to be out there with my team and compete."

But McKinney said his approach in practice leading up to Thursday night's contest against the Atlanta Falcons would not change.

"My approach is always the same," he said. "I'm going to come out there ready to work and ready to play."

Like McKinney, Sunday was Ellerbe's first healthy scratch of the season. Ellerbe was unavailable for comment after the game.

Rookie tight end Dennis Pitta was also deactivated, but he figured that he would not play after being limited in practice last week by a concussion suffered a week ago.

"I didn't really get to practice a lot this week and was kept out of all the team stuff," he said. "So it was something that I had anticipated going into today. I'll be ready to go Thursday, and ready to contribute again."

Pitta said he thought the week off would help him in the long run.

"I think it's important to be cautious with certain injuries, especially head injuries," he said. "So I think it was smart, and we'll be ready to go in the next game."

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