Jah Reid had toe surgery; Dannell Ellerbe, Dennis Pitta say they'll be ready

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Ravens left offensive guard Jah Reid is on crutches after recently undergoing surgery to repair the damage suffered to his dislocated toe against the Cincinnati Bengals.

Placed on injured reserve before the playoffs, Reid hopes to be ready for minicamps this spring.

"It's a good prognosis, I'll be ready for minicamps definitely," Reid said. "I just started a three-month rehab. I don't know exactly when it's going to be. I'll be fine for next season, of course."

The injury to Reid triggered a line shuffle as Bryant McKinnie was inserted as the left tackle, Michael Oher shifted to right tackle and rookie Kelechi Osemele shifted inside to replace Reid as the starting left guard.

The Ravens' blockers have performed well since the move, allowing only four sacks in three playoff victories.

"It's a bummer that I'm not playing," Reid said. "Just to be here is great. It's been wonderful. All the injured reserve guys and the guys on the practice squad that help the team get ready, if we come away with a victory, it's all worth it."

Meanwhile, starting inside linebacker Dannell Ellerbe reiterated that he'll be ready for the Super Bowl.

Ellerbe missed three consecutive practices last week to deal with a sprained right ankle and a minor back injury.

"Yes, I'm playing if I played last week," Ellerbe said. "If I could handle it last week, I can handle it this week. I'm definitely playing in this game. I feel a lot better, and it's the Super Bowl. So, I'm not sitting out. I got a cortisone shot. I'm going to stop telling people I got an epidural because that's what pregnant people get. Never again. I don't want to go through that again. I hate needles."

Ellerbe said he was in major discomfort during the AFC championship game win over the New England Patriots.

"That was the most pain I've played in my entire career," Ellerbe said. "I'm defininitely playing. If I could handle it last week, I can handle it this week."

Meanwhile, tight end Dennis Pitta, who was in and out of practice last week with an inner thigh injury, said he's feeling better and is set to start against the San Francisco 49ers.

"I feel good, everything is on schedule," Pitta said. "I'm trying to get as healthy as possible for this game. It's something I got to get treatment on. I want to make sure it doesn't get worse. I'll be ready."

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