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Ravens: Ellerbe going to be a game-time decision

OWINGS MILLS - Ravens middle linebacker Dannell Ellerbe missed practice for a third consecutive day Friday and is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Steelers.

Ellerbe said Friday that it will be a game-time decision whether he plays.

Ellerbe is suffering from a right foot and ankle injury he suffered during Baltimore's win against the Chargers last week. He was still walking with a noticeable limp Friday, but said he was feeling better and that the swelling had gone down.

"I'm getting better every day," Ellerbe said, although noting that he's still struggling with pain.

Ellerbe is second on the Ravens in both tackles (81) and sacks (4.5).

Prior to last week, Ellerbe had nine tackles or more in each of his four games as a starter.

If he's unavailable, Baltimore will employ a combination of Brendon Ayanbadejo, Albert McClellan and Josh Bynes.

Ayanbadejo had five tackles and a pass deflection against San Diego after replacing an injured Ellerbe during the second quarter.

"Brendon played really well," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. "He was all over the field."

Added Ayanbadejo: "We have depth in the linebacking core. So, whether it's Bynes in there or McClellan's in there, we all rotate around. ... You've just got to do your job, and just play your part basically. We'll see what happens Sunday."

A strong defender against the run, McClellan has started 10 of the Ravens' 11 games at outside linebacker.

He started one game at inside linebacker late last season with Ray Lewis and Ellerbe both sidelined.

"I feel pretty confident inside," McClellan said. "I'm pretty sure each of us will play in different packages, so we don't put too much on any of our plates. But at the same time, we should all be good."

INJURY REPORT: Along with Ellerbe, defensive end Pernell McPhee (knee/thigh) and cornerback Chris Johnson (thigh) are both questionable for Sunday.

McPhee has missed each of the last four games. Johnson was injured during the Ravens' win against the Steelers two weeks ago and was sidelined against the Chargers.

Wide receiver Jacoby Jones and safety Bernard Pollard (chest) both practiced on a limited basis Friday after missing practice Thursday. Both are listed as probable for Sunday.

Tight end Ed Dickson (sprained knee) is listed as doubtful.

Like Ellerbe, he didn't practice this week.

HALL OF FAME: Retired Ravens offensive lineman Jonathan Ogden and former majority team owner Art Modell are among 27 semifinalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame's Class of 2013.

Ogden is one six first-year eligible players to make the cut.

Michael Strahan, John Lynch, Warren Sapp, Morten Andersen and Larry Allen are the other first-year eligible players.

Also among those making the cut to 27 are former Commissioner Paul Tagliabue, Jerome Bettis, Cris Carter and Charles Haley.

The field will be reduced to 15 modern era finalists and the two senior nominees in early January. Voting for the inductees will take place Feb. 2 in New Orleans, the day before the Super Bowl.

Inductions will be Aug. 3 in Canton.