Lewis Inactive For Third Straight Game

Danelle Ellerbe is active and may get the start at inside linebacker with Ray Lewis down.

Posted by Garrett Downing on Sunday, December 4th, 2011 at 2:45 pm | Categories: 2011 Season Gameday, Garrett Downing, Week 13 vs Browns

Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis will miss his third straight game with a turf toe injury.

The veteran linebacker is inactive for Sunday’s game against the Cleveland Browns after he did not practice all week. This will be the most consecutive games he’s sat out since 2005 when he was lost for the final 10 games because of a hamstring injury.

Lewis’ backup, third-year linebacker Dannell Ellerbe, is active after missing last week with a thigh injury. He will likely get the start at inside linebacker.

In the two games without Lewis, the Ravens defense has held its own, as Baltimore came out with victories over the Bengals and 49ers. Last week again against the 49ers, the Ravens held their offense to 170 total yards and no touchdowns.

“We are still going to go out there and do our thing,” defensive lineman Cory Redding said earlier this week when asked about Lewis. “We’re still going to go out there and play hard. Nothing is going to change… We cannot think and dwell on the situation that somebody’s not in the game.”

Cornerback Chris Carr is also out for the Ravens with a back injury. The veteran cornerback will miss his second straight game with the injury, meaning rookie Jimmy Smith will likely be in on the nickel packages.

Injuries have plagued Carr’s season, as he missed four games earlier this year with a hamstring injury.

The other inactives for the Ravens are rookie receivers LaQuan Williams and Tandon Doss, cornerback Chykie Brown, running back Anthony Allen and linebacker Sergio Kindle.

Defensive tackle Arthur Jones is active after missing two straight games because of a concussion. He participated in full practice this week.

With Lewis out again, that means linebacker Jameel McClain will move over to Mike linebacker and handle the duties of calling out the plays.

“We still have Jameel who can come out there and lead us, give us the calls,” Redding said.

The inactives for the Browns are quarterback Thaddeus Lewis, safety T.J. Ward, offensive linemen Steve Vallos and Oniel Cousins, tight end Jordan Cameron, linebacker Quinton Spears and defensive lineman Auston English.

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