By Aaron Wilson
The Baltimore Sun
8:38 AM PST, January 26, 2013
Ravens starting inside linebacker Dannell Ellerbe was held out of practice Saturday for the third consecutive day due to a sprained right ankle and minor back injury.
Ellerbe was at practice as the Ravens continued preparations for next week's Super Bowl against the San Francisco 49ers, but wasn't dressed out today as the AFC champions worked indoors.
Ellerbe already indicated he could definitely play if the game was this Sunday.
"Any time off is good for you when you're hurting," Ellerbe told The Baltimore Sun on Friday. "I'm going to need a couple more days. I'm glad we got two weeks and we're not playing this Sunday. If I had to, I could fight through it this Sunday. It's the Super Bowl."
On a scale of 1 to 10 when asked how much he's banged-up, Ellerbe replied: "I'm probably a 10. I ain't going to show it."
Meanwhile, tight end Dennis Pitta (thigh) returned to practice after not practicing on Friday.
Wide receiver David Reed (hamstring) also isn't practicing today.
The Ravens have listed all 19 of the players on their injury report, including Ellerbe, Pitta and Reed, as questionable for the Super Bowl.
That includes wide receiver Anquan Boldin (bruised left shoulder), nose tackle Terrence Cody (foot), wide receiver Tandon Doss (high ankle sprain), safety James Ihedigbo (knee), cornerback Asa Jackson (hamstring), fullback Vonta Leach (right knee, ankle), inside linebacker Ray Lewis (right triceps), outside linebacker Albert McClellan (shoulder), defensive end Pernell McPhee (thigh), defensive tackle Haloti Ngata (sprained right knee), strong safety Bernard Pollard (ribs), free safety Ed Reed (torn shoulder labrum), cornerback Jimmy Smith (sports hernia surgery), outside linebacker Terrell Suggs (right Achilles, right torn biceps) and offensive guard Marshal Yanda (right shoulder).