There has been speculation that inside linebacker Dannell Ellerbe has been a resident of coach John Harbaugh’s “doghouse” since not appearing to give maximum effort on a Jason Snelling touchdown catch in the Ravens’ 26-21 loss to the Atlanta Falcons on Nov. 11.
Neither Harbaugh nor Ellerbe have confirmed the existence of such an abode, but if a "doghouse" does exist, Ellerbe may have submitted his notice of moving out with his performance in the team's 30-24 win against the New Orleans Saints Sunday.
Ellerbe registered six tackles, one sack and one quarterback hurry and seemed to move with intensity and purpose throughout the game. It was a welcome performance for a player who had been a deactivated in five of the Ravens' previous six contests."It feels great," said Ellerbe, an undrafted free agent who started the last three regular-season and two postseason games last year. "I've been sitting out for over a month. I just can't describe it. I'm just happy to be out there with the team."
Asked if he felt pressured to make a difference, Ellerbe said, "I got out of the cave. Just had to do something."
Ellerbe's sack of Saints quarterback Drew Brees in the second quarter was somewhat of a gift as Brees appeared to trip, allowing Ellerbe to record the first sack of his career. But Ellerbe gladly accepted the present.
"It was great," he said. "I didn't picture my first sack being a lay-up like that, but I'll take it."
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