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Ellerbe no longer under "house" arrest

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."

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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.

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"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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