Notebook: Ellerbe, Dickson ruled out, Suggs questionable

Imitating RGIII

All week, Ravens practice squad quarterback Dennis Dixon has done his best impersonation of Griffin as he called upon his experience running a similar offense at Oregon.

 “Yeah, it’s something I’m accustomed to,” Dixon said. “I am a little bit taller than him, but we have similar games. I had a lot of fun and I gave them a lot of input.”

By all accounts, Dixon was a hit.

“Dennis has done a great job,” Harbaugh said. “He understands the reads, the timing of it, the footwork and those things. It was a big plus for our defense. He’s been into it all week.”

Working his way back

It was a modest return for Ravens defensive end Pernell McPhee.

Out of the lineup for the previous four games due to right knee and thigh injuries, McPhee was back on the field for 13 snaps and had one tackle against the Steelers working in at left end behind Arthur Jones. McPhee had two arthroscopic knee surgeries prior to training camp.

"I'm ready for more," said McPhee, who's been limited to 17 tackles and a half-sack after recording six sacks last season as a rookie. "I'm ready to go out and compete. Whatever they need from me, I'm ready."

End zone
Outside linebacker Paul Kruger and offensive tackle Michael Oher weren’t fined by the league for unnecessary roughness penalties against the Steelers, according to NFL spokesman Corry Rush. … Rookie cornerback Asa Jackson (shoulder) and cornerback Chris Johnson (strained hamstring) are questionable. … Ravens free safety Ed Reed got a helping hand from former University of Miami teammate Santana Moss, the Redskins’ veteran wide receiver, in obtaining extra tickets for Sunday. “Yeah, he took care of me,” Reed said. … The Ravens are being mindful of the Redskins’ speed at receiver, especially Pierre Garcon. “They’ve very fast,” Pollard said. “It’s going to be a track meet.”