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Ellerbe Optimistic about Playing Sunday vs. Browns

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A bothersome hamstring injury prevented Baltimore Ravens linebacker Dannell Ellerbe from making his second consecutive start at inside linebacker against the San Francisco 49ers, but Ellerbe said he is aiming to return for the Ravens’ game at the Cleveland Browns on Sunday, according to Edward Lee of .

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“Hopefully,” said Monday of his chances of playing in Cleveland. “Trying to. Pushing for it.”

Ellerbe, who was expected to start in place of Ray Lewis (toe), was replaced by Albert McClellan, who finished with a respectable four tackles in his first career start.

The hamstring injury has given Ellerbe trouble on and off throughout much of the season. At one point, during a six-week span, the Ravens were forced to deactivate Ellerbe five times.

If the third-year veteran isn”t able to go against Cleveland Sunday, expect to see a lot of Albert McClellan on first and second down, and then Brendon Ayanbadejo on third down and passing situations.