With Ray Rice set to serve a two-game suspension at the outset of the 2014 NFL season, the Baltimore Ravens need all the bodies they can get in the backfield.
However, according to a report by Jamison Hensley of ESPN, their depth at running back might be severely tested, as Bernard Pierce suffered a concussion in the team’s preseason matchup with the Washington Redskins this past weekend:
“Baltimore Ravens running back Bernard Pierce didn’t practice Monday because he’s dealing with a mild concussion, coach John Harbaugh said. Pierce was injured in the first quarter of Saturday’s preseason game against the Washington Redskins. He is expected to fill in as the Ravens’ starting running back while Ray Rice is suspended for the first two regular-season games.”
Pierce said that he was fine via Twitter:
If anyone was wondering I'm fine
— Bernard Pierce (@BPierce_30) August 24, 2014
Players are notoriously unreliable when it comes to evaluating their own health. It’s good that one member of the training staff was quoted Monday night as saying that Pierce feels a lot better, but head coach John Harbaugh is leery:
“Nowadays, with those things, I don’t take any stock in that until they tell me that he’s back,” Harbaugh said. “The concussion thing is hard to predict.”
It’s imperative for the Ravens to get off to a good start in September, as their first three opponents are all in their division.