Updates from Sunday, Sept. 7
The Ravens confirmed Bernard Pierce is active for Week 1:
Today’s inactives: CB L. Webb WR M. Campanaro ILB A. Brown OL J. Urschel OL Jah Reid WR D. Thompson RB F. Toussaint #CINvsBAL— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) September 7, 2014
Updates from Friday, Sept. 5
The Ravens have an update on Pierce:
#Ravens CB Lardarius Webb (back) is questionable for Sunday's game. RB Bernard Pierce (concussion) is probable.— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) September 5, 2014
Updates from Wednesday, Sept. 3
Luke Jones of WNST.net provides an update on Bernard Pierce's status:
#Ravens injury report: FULL PARTICIPATION - RB Bernard Pierce (concussion), CB Lardarius Webb (back)— Luke Jones (@BaltimoreLuke) September 3, 2014
Aaron Wilson of The Baltimore Sun passes along comments from Pierce:
Bernard Pierce: 'I would say the concussion was minor. I'm full throttle now. It was just dizziness, a little sensitivity to light.'— Aaron Wilson (@RavensInsider) September 3, 2014
Updates from Saturday, Aug. 30
Aaron Wilson of The Baltimore Sun provides an update on Bernard Pierce's status:
Pierce (concussion), Jimmy Smith (chest bruise), Webb (back), Reid (concussion), Jackson (ankle) return to practice: http://t.co/dQHMVl2yII— Aaron Wilson (@RavensInsider) August 30, 2014
Updates from Thursday, Aug. 28
ESPN's Jamison Hensley has an update on Pierce's status:
Updates from Monday, Aug. 25
Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun updated Bernard Pierce's status:
john harbaugh said bernard pierce has a mild concussion— Aaron Wilson (@RavensInsider) August 25, 2014
Updates from Sunday, Aug. 24
Pierce reassured fans on Twitter:
If anyone was wondering I'm fine— Bernard Pierce (@BPierce_30) August 24, 2014
Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun provides an update on Pierce:
Ravens backup running back Bernard Pierce suffered a hit to the head on a high tackle by Washington Redskins safety Brandon Meriweather, sustaining a concussion in the first quarter.
"We'll have to see," said Ravens coach John Harbaugh, adding that there were no other serious injuries. "I'm not sure where he's at right now. He obviously didn't return in the game. His head, we'll just have to see how that goes."
The Baltimore Ravens' plans for third-year running back Bernard Pierce are on indefinite hold until he recovers from a potential concussion suffered Saturday against Washington.
Pierce was hit by Washington safety Brandon Meriweather after a handoff and left the field gingerly, as illustrated by ESPN.com's Jamison Hensley:
Bernard Pierce walks off field slowly after getting drilled in backfield. Again, not what Ravens want to see with Rice suspended for 2 games— Jamison Hensley (@jamisonhensley) August 24, 2014
The Ravens quickly revealed that Pierce would undergo evaluation for a concussion:
RB Bernard Pierce has been taken to the locker room to be evaluated as part of the concussion protocol.— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) August 24, 2014
Hensley also provided another update later in the evening:
Harbaugh says "we'll have to see" with Bernard Pierce's head injury.— Jamison Hensley (@jamisonhensley) August 24, 2014
Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun had more on Pierce after the game:
John Harbaugh on Bernard Pierce: 'I'm not sure where he's at right now. He obviously didn't return. We'll just have to see how that goes.'— Aaron Wilson (@RavensInsider) August 24, 2014
Pierce understood the task laid out before him, per Ryan Mink of Ravens.com: “The mentality that I was coached in in college and this level is next man up. If something bad were to happen, you have to be ready. If you’re not ready, the next guy’s going to be ready. It has to be done.”
On Saturday, Pierce had four carries for negative yardage, a direct result of the line collapse that led to his injury. The week prior he acted as the starter and gained 55 yards on seven carries.
With Pierce out of the picture for an unknown amount of time, the Ravens will turn to Lorenzo Taliaferro for goal-line work (as they did Saturday) and hope some combination of the rookie and Justin Forsett can eke out a couple of AFC North victories.