Playing time tilted toward Ravens backup linebacker Dannell Ellerbe
By By Aaron Wilson
The Baltimore Sun|
Sep 12, 2012 at 7:47 PM
There was a somewhat unusual sight Monday night on the Ravens' sideline.
Starting inside linebacker Jameel McClain was standing on the edge of the field, watching backup Dannell Ellerbe take the majority of the workload opposite middle linebacker Ray Lewis during a 44-13 win over the Cincinnati Bengals.
Signed to a three-year, $10.5 million contract in March, McClain hadn't been benched and he wasn't hurt.
McClain was designated to play against obvious run formations with Ellerbe's extended playing time stemming from the Bengals' tendency to pass often.
Ellerbe played 49 snaps, including 20 runs, 28 coverage plays and one blitz, as McClain was limited to 31 snaps overall with 16 on running plays.