OUTDannell Ellerbe
LB NO (5)
2 days ago

Ellerbe (quadricps) will not make his season debut in Monday's matchup with the Falcons, Josh Katzenstein of The Times-Picayune reports.

EDGE Analysis

The veteran linebacker has yet to take the field this season as he recovers from a quadriceps injury. He projects to start at weakside linebacker when healthy, but Craig Robertson has been filling in at the position during his absence.

OUTDannell Ellerbe
LB NO (5)
4 days ago

Ellerbe (quadriceps =) is questionable to play in Week 3.

EDGE Analysis

Ellerbe hasn't played in either of the Saints' first two games of the season due to a lingering quad injury. If he's unable to play yet again, Craig Robertson figures to be in line for another game of extensive action.

OUTDannell Ellerbe
LB NO (5)
1 week ago

Ellerbe (quadriceps) is inactive for Sunday's Week 2 matchup versus the Giants, the team's official site reports.

EDGE Analysis

The veteran linebacker will thus need to wait at least an additional week to make his 2016 regular season debut. Veteran Craig Robertson, who led the Saints with 11 tackles in the opener, is expected to once again man the Will linebacker spot versus the Giants.

OUTDannell Ellerbe
LB NO (5)
2 weeks ago

Ellerbe (quadriceps) will not play Week 2.

EDGE Analysis

Ellerbe missed the season opener as well. It's unclear when he'll return, but his absence this Sunday doesn't bode well for the prospects of a suspect Saints defense Sunday against the Giants.

OUTDannell Ellerbe
LB NO (5)
2 weeks ago

Ellerbe (quadriceps) did not practice Wednesday.

EDGE Analysis

Ellerbe continues to be plagued by a nagging quadriceps issue that forced him to miss the Saints season-opening loss to the Raiders. The injury-prone linebacker played just six games throughout the 2015 season, and could be in danger of missing additional time in 2016 as his status for Week 2 against the Giants is up in the air at this point. Outside linebackers Nathan Stupar and Michael Mauti figure to be in line for additional reps if Ellerbe remains on the sideline.

OUTDannell Ellerbe
LB NO (5)
3 weeks ago

Ellerbe (quadriceps) will not play in Sunday's season opener against the Raiders, The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

EDGE Analysis

Ellerbe missed all of practice this week due to a lingering quad problem, so he will not be available for Sunday's Week 1 tilt versus Oakland. While the Saints' defense would certainly benefit from his presence, his absence is certainly not unfamiliar, as he played just six games last year. In fact, Ellerbe will have missed 26 of his last 33 games after Sunday, so New Orleans would be wise not to rely on having him healthy all season. With him out, Nate Stupar and Michael Mauti should see more snaps against the Raiders.

OUTDannell Ellerbe
LB NO (5)
3 weeks ago

Ellerbe (quad) did not practice Wednesday, NOLA.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

It's unclear how severe Ellerbe's injury is, but he didn't play in the Saints' preseason finale (even though the majority of New Orleans' other starters did) and was also the only member of the team to watch Wednesday's practice from the sidelines. His status for Week 1 is entirely in question. Craig Robertson would get the start if Ellerbe ultimately can't lace up.

OUTDannell Ellerbe
LB NO (5)
2 months ago

After appearing in only six games last season, Ellerbe has been a full-go all training camp, reports Saints' beat writer Mike Triplett via Twitter.

EDGE Analysis

Ellerbe played in only one game for the Dolphins in 2014 due to injury and struggled to stay healthy in his first campaign in New Orleans as well. When he was on the field, however, Ellerbe was impressive, racking up 39 tackles (34 solo) in just six games, which included a 13-tackle performance against Atlanta in October. If he's able to stay on the field -- admittedly a big "if" given his checkered injury history -- Ellerbe could be a valuable option in IDP leagues as the Saints' starting weak-side linebacker.

OUTDannell Ellerbe
LB NO (5)
3 months ago

Ellerbe (undisclosed) said he will be 100 percent healthy for the start of training camp in late July, The Times-Picayune reports.

EDGE Analysis

Traded from Miami to New Orleans last year, Ellerbe had 39 tackles (34 solo) in six games, after playing just one game in his final season with the Dolphins. His injury struggles forced him to accept a pay cut in the offseason, even though he could still have a three-down role if he's able to stay healthy. There's been no indication he's dealing with anything serious, but he did miss some practices during OTAs and minicamp while nursing a couple of minor issues. If healthy, Ellerbe will likely join Stephone Anthony and James Laurinaitis in the base defense, but it's unclear which player would get most of the snaps next to Anthony in nickel packages.

OUTDannell Ellerbe
LB NO (5)
8 months ago1 Comment

Ellerbe and the Saints agreed to a restructured contract, ESPN's Field Yates reports.

EDGE Analysis

Ellerbe signed a five-year, $35 contract with the Dolphins in 2013, then was traded to the Saints in March 2015. He's mostly been effective when healthy, but with just seven games played over the last two seasons, it was inevitable that he'd either accept a pay cut or be released. The Saints presumably have him penciled in as a starter for 2016.