Steelers Bryant McFadden in question
Ellis was listed as questionable on the team's injury report after having two sacks and playing a terrific all-around game in New York's 28-21 win at New England last Sunday.
"They're playing, OK?" Ryan said. "That's pretty much it."
Steelers starting cornerback Bryant McFadden practiced for the first time this week after sustaining an abdominal injury during a playoff victory against Baltimore last Saturday.
McFadden said he will see how he feels Saturday before a decision is made about playing when the Steelers (13-4) host the New York Jets (13-5).
Nickel back William Gay would start if McFadden can't play.
Safety Troy Polamalu (Achilles tendon) also returned to practice, as expected, and will play Sunday. Special teamers Will Allen (knee) and Arnez Battle (illness) practiced for the first time this week as well.
DE Aaron Smith has been limited in practice all week, and it is considered extremely unlikely he will play Sunday. Smith has not played since Oct. 24, when he tore a triceps muscle in a win at Miami.
Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press
SUPER BOWL XLV
Super Bowl Central | Super Bowl blog
SUPER BOWL PREDICTIONS
WHAT'S REALLY AMERICA'S TEAM?
HOF: FAULK, DEION HEAD CLASS OF 2011
HOT READ: CHEESEHEADS/MCCARTHY
NFL BLOG NETWORK
FOLLOW US ON TWITTER
- Livin' Large
- Yankees top prospect Aaron Judge has a big build, a big bat -- and a big upside.
- Nike Youth Home Limited Jersey Pittsburgh Steelers Troy Polamalu #43