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Dannell Ellerbe's inactivity over the last month could have caused him to question his value to the Ravens. But the inside linebacker insisted that he tried to remain as even-keeled as he could.

"I am human, but I just have faith and I'm going to keep doing what I do," he said. "As long as I'm here, I'm happy because I'm still playing football. I've just got faith. I just feel like I can do it. I'm never going to get down on myself because that's when it's going to go downhill. As long as I keep my hopes and my spirits up, I feel like I'll be all right."

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Ellerbe, who had been a healthy scratch for five of his previous six contests, registered six tackles – including one for a loss – and a sack in the Ravens' 30-24 win against the New Orleans Saints this past Sunday.

During what could have been a depressing stretch for Ellerbe, teammates approached him and encouraged him to keep working. But Ellerbe said he kept to himself most of the time. "That's the way I am," the second-year player said. "I really keep to myself a lot. I really don't like a lot of people in my business and stuff like that. I just feel like I'm strong enough to handle it. I really didn't see it as being a big deal like that. I went to a couple coaches and got their opinions on everything. So it really wasn't that serious."

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Cornerback Lardarius Webb, whose locker neighbors Ellerbe's, said he has the players' confidence.

"I know he's a baller," Webb said. "It's been a numbers thing. It's not because of how old he is or his ability on the field. It's a numbers thing, of who we need to dress out. Sometimes we might need another corner or we might need another D-lineman, but if you saw that game [against the Saints] on special teams and defense, he balled out. He's a guy we should have up every week, but you've got to leave that to the coaches. They're smarter, they know what they're doing, and they brought him back last week against the Saints. He did what he had to do and we won the game, so it looks like they know what they're doing. He's a great athlete, and I know he'll be here for a while."

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