Bernard Pierce Injury: Updates on Ravens RB's Concussion and Return

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Bernard Pierce Injury: Updates on Ravens RB's Concussion and Return
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Updates from Sunday, Sept. 7

The Ravens confirmed Bernard Pierce is active for Week 1:

 

Updates from Friday, Sept. 5

The Ravens have an update on Pierce:

 

Updates from Wednesday, Sept. 3

Luke Jones of WNST.net provides an update on Bernard Pierce's status:

Aaron Wilson of The Baltimore Sun passes along comments from Pierce:

 

Updates from Saturday, Aug. 30

Aaron Wilson of The Baltimore Sun provides an update on Bernard Pierce's status:

 

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:

 

Updates from Sunday, Aug. 24

Pierce reassured fans on Twitter:

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."

 

Original Text

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:

The Ravens quickly revealed that Pierce would undergo evaluation for a concussion: 

Hensley also provided another update later in the evening:

Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun had more on Pierce after the game:

As Hensley hints, the former Temple star was to be a major facet of the offense's approach in the first two weeks of the season—against AFC North rivals Cincinnati and Pittsburgh, no less.

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.

 

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