Starting inside linebacker Jameel McClain was standing on the edge of the field, watching backup Dannell Ellerbe take the majority of the workload opposite middle linebacker Ray Lewis during a 44-13 win over the Cincinnati Bengals.
McClain was designated to play against obvious run formations with Ellerbe's extended playing time stemming from the Bengals' tendency to pass often.
Ellerbe played 49 snaps, including 20 runs, 28 coverage plays and one blitz, as McClain was limited to 31 snaps overall with 16 on running plays.
"We've got our own packages," Ellerbe said. "If it's more pass, then I'm in. If it had been more I-formation stuff, Jameel would have played more. It all depends on the formation."
Ellerbe tied for second with seven tackles while McClain had two tackles and one pass deflection.
The Ravens had issues stopping the run as BenJarvus Green-Ellis gained 91 yards and scored a touchdown.
"I think I did all right ," Ellerbe said. "I know I didn't hurt us."
Reed limited in practice
Safety Ed Reed, who strained his right hamstring during his 34-yard interception return for a touchdown , practiced Wednesday on a limited basis.
That bodes well for his availability Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field.
Special teams ace Corey Graham, who limped off the field Monday, participated fully and wasn't on the injury report.
Four players didn't practice: center Matt Birk (thigh), offensive tackle Jah Reid (strained right calf), linebacker Paul Kruger (back) and defensive end Pernell McPhee (knee).
Kruger said he expects to play Sunday.
"I just had some things that were bugging me before and they just kind of flared up during the game," Kruger said. "I'll be back full-speed. I just need a couple of days to recover."
McPhee had an ice pack on his knee after the game, but denied being hurt and said it was merely precautionary.
After a successful game running the no-huddle offense, quarterback Joe Flacco was named the AFC Offensive Player of the Week.