Bernard Pierce | RB | Baltimore Ravens
Posted: 10/27/2014 9:21am et
Baltimore Ravens RB Bernard Pierce was a healthy inactive in Week 8 against the Cincinnati Bengals. Head coach John Harbaugh explained Sunday, Oct. 27, that he felt others gave the team a better chance to win. 'We're just doing what we try to do as far as our personnel and getting guys up that we felt gave us the best chance to win the game,' Harbaugh said. 'We were jammed up. We did what we thought we had to do, and it worked out because our other backs stayed healthy.'
Huddle Up: Kudos to Harbaugh for finally figuring out--or at least finally admitting--what most of the rest of the football world already knew: Pierce is ordinary, and a thunder/lightning tandem of Justin Forsett and rookie Lorenzo Taliaferro is Baltimore's best bet. Going forward look for Forsett to be the lead dog in this committee and handle most of the passing game work while Taliaferro gets the bulk of the carries at the goal line.
Posted: 10/3/2014 4:21pm et
Baltimore Ravens RB Bernard Pierce (thigh) practiced in full Friday, Oct. 3, and is probable for Week 5 against the Indianapolis Colts.
Huddle Up: Unlike Week 4, Pierce should be active AND play this week, making the Ravens' RB situation a three-dimensional fantasy quagmire Sunday with Justin Forsett and rookie Lorenzo Taliaferro also involved.
Posted: 9/29/2014 10:17am et
Baltimore Ravens RB Bernard Pierce (thigh) was active in Week 4 against the Carolina Panthers, but he said Sunday, Sept. 28, that he did not play as a 'precaution.'
Huddle Up: Justin Forsett had a solid game and Lorenzo Taliaferro was serviceable in Pierce's absence. We'll see what the Ravens opt to do going forward, but Pierce was nothing special prior to his injury so there's no guarantee he returns to the starting gig.
Posted: 9/26/2014 3:45pm et
Baltimore Ravens RB Bernard Pierce (thigh) fully participated in practice Friday, Sept. 26, and is listed as probable for Week 4.
Huddle Up: Pierce will return after a 1-week absence, but a potential 3-RB quagmire awaits fantasy owners in Baltimore with Justin Forsett, Lorenzo Taliaferro and Pierce all vying for carries in the Baltimore backfield.
Posted: 9/24/2014 4:32pm et
Baltimore Ravens RB Bernard Pierce (quadriceps) is participating in practice Wednesday, Sept. 24. Pierce missed the team's Week 3 game because of the injury.
Huddle Up: This makes Pierce almost certain to return to action Sunday, but be prepared for a fantasy-unfriendly three-headed RBBC monster following rookie Lorenzo Taliaferro's breakout performance last week.
Posted: 9/19/2014 9:22pm et
Baltimore Ravens RB Bernard Pierce (thigh) practiced in full despite being listed as questionable for Week 3 against the Cleveland Browns. Pierce should play in the game.
Huddle Up: Pierce is expected to play but might not be 100 percent. He's nothing more than a flex play this week if he's in the lineup, especially with Justin Forsett around to steal touches if Pierce isn't at full health.
Posted: 9/12/2014 12:10am et
Baltimore Ravens RB Bernard Pierce had 22 carries for 96 yards in the team's Week 2 game Thursday, Sept. 11.
Huddle Up: Pierce, benched for the second half in Week 1 after a second-quarter fumble, started Thursday night and finished with a game-high 23 touches for 103 total yards. That had to be a little disappointing for those who used a high waiver claim on Justin Forsett, who finished with 12 touches and 72 yards. This likely could be the Ravens' rotation going forward, though, with Pierce starting and Forsett spelling him as a change-of-pace back.
Posted: 9/3/2014 3:27pm et
Baltimore Ravens RB Bernard Pierce has passed all aspects of the NFL concussion testing protocol and has practiced all week.
Huddle Up: Looks and sounds like Pierce is in line to start and get the most of the work Sunday against Cincy so plug him in as a RB2 or 3 if you need him.
Posted: 8/25/2014 10:14pm et
Updating a previous report, Baltimore Ravens RB Bernard Pierce is dealing with a mild concussion, according to head coach John Harbaugh. Pierce was hurt in the first quarter of the team's preseason game against the Washington Redskins and did not practice Monday, Aug. 25. Pierce said via his Twitter account that he is feeling fine.
Huddle Up: Time is at least on Pierce's side as has an extra week to get ready for the games that matter, and the Ravens will need him given Ray Rice's season-opening 2-game suspension.
Posted: 8/23/2014 8:50pm et
Baltimore Ravens RB Bernard Pierce (head) left the third preseason game early and is going through the concussion protocol.
Huddle Up: Pierce will now have two weeks to get cleared for the opener against Pittsburgh. If Pierce can't go against the Steelers, Justin Forsett and rookie Lorenzo Taliaferro would split the touches with Ray Rice suspended.
Posted: 8/7/2014 10:18pm et
Baltimore Ravens RB Bernard Pierce has been the best running back in training camp, in the opinion of Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com. Pierce has had the best transition to Kubiak's stretch, zone blocking runs.
Huddle Up: Between the veteran Pierce, who ran for a TD in Thursday night's preseason opener, and rookie Lorenzo Taliaferro, who led the Ravens in rushing in the contest, Baltimore are well prepared to weather Ray Rice's season-opening 2-game suspension.
Posted: 7/27/2014 2:28pm et
Updating previous reports, Baltimore Ravens RB Bernard Pierce left practice Saturday, July 26, because of an illness.
Huddle Up: Repeating, it's an illness, not any sort of injury, for the RB who for now is slated to be the Ravens' starter the first 2 weeks of the season.
Posted: 7/22/2014 6:56pm et
Baltimore Ravens RB Bernard Pierce said he has been fully cleared following his rotator-cuff surgery in the offseason. Pierce also said he is down to 223 pounds.
Huddle Up: Good news for the Ravens as Pierce had best be ready with starter Ray Rice likely to start the season on suspension.
Posted: 3/30/2014 2:27pm et
Baltimore Ravens RB Bernard Pierce said his surgically repaired rotator cuff is improving, and he will be ready for training camp. 'I'm grinding every day,' Pierce said.
Huddle Up: Pierce, who has 260 rushes for 968 yards in 2 seasons in Baltimore, will at least be counted on to reprise his No. 2 role and maybe more pending starter Ray Rice's current legal situation.
Posted: 1/29/2014 11:31pm et
Baltimore Ravens RB Bernard Pierce (shoulder) had successful rotator cuff surgery Wednesday, Jan. 29, according to his agent.
Huddle Up: Pierce should be recovered in plenty of time for offseason activities, good news since the Ravens will be breaking in a new offensive coordinator.
Posted: 1/8/2014 12:45pm et
Baltimore Ravens RB Bernard Pierce (shoulder) is expected to undergo surgery on his right shoulder to repair his rotator cuff.
Huddle Up: Both Pierce and Ray Rice battled injuries as they struggled this season. The key to returning both backs' stat lines to health will be improved offensive line play as well as Pierce and Rice bouncing back from their respective ailments.