Bernard Pierce RB BAL 1 Day

Pierce (concussion) is not playing in Thursday's preseason finale against the Saints.

Pierce probably wouldn't have played even if he were healthy, as he's expected to start in place of Ray Rice (suspension) in Weeks 1 and 2. Pierce has insisted that he'll be fine for the start of the season, but with even mild concussions somewhat unpredictable, his practice status will be worth keeping an eye on. In the unlikely event that Pierce can't play, the Ravens will turn to journeyman Justin Forsett and rookie Lorenzo Taliaferro.

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Pierce, who suffered a mild concussion in Saturday's preseason game, didn't practice Monday, the Baltimore Sun reports.

The report notes that Pierce is "feeling a lot better" as of Monday, though he'll need take and pass a mandatory baseline neurological test in order to be cleared for a return to the field. With that in mind, Pierce probably won't play in Thursday's preseason finale, though the fact that his concussion is being portrayed as mild suggests that he should recover in time to fill in as the Ravens' starting running back while Ray Rice serves a two-game suspension to start the regular season.

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Pierce is downplaying the head injury that he sustained in Saturday night's preseason game against Washington, Baltimore Sun reports.

"If anyone was wondering, I'm fine," Pierce relayed Sunday via his official Twitter account. While the report notes that the running back experienced minor concussion symptoms Saturday after absorbing a high tackle, he is expected to be ready for the Ravens' Week 1 contest against the Bengals. Assuming that's the case, Pierce is in line to start at running back for the team out of the gate, with teammate Ray Rice slated to serve a two-game suspension to start the season.

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Pierce left Saturday's game to be evaluated for a concussion, and he did not return to the contest, ESPN's Jamison Hensley reports.

With Ray Rice suspended for the first two weeks of the regular season, Pierce got the starting nod in Saturday's dress rehearsal. If the injury prevents Pierce from playing in Week 1, the Ravens will likely turn to a combination of Lorenzo Taliaferro and Justin Forsett. However, the opener is still two weeks away, and Pierce has no prior history of concussions in the NFL.

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Pierce gained 25 yards on six carries in Saturday's preseason game against the Cowboys.

It was a rather ordinary showing for Pierce, who is seemingly locked in as the Week 1 starter, with Ray Rice suspended for the first two games of the season. Speaking of Rice, the veteran running back left Saturday's game with a shoulder injury, though the issue doesn't initially appear to be serious. Pierce could use the first two weeks of the season as a launching pad for an increased role in the offense, after both he and Rice struggled behind a terrible offensive line last season. Baltimore's O-line appears to be much improved, so regardless of how the touches are divided, there should be more fantasy value for the taking than there was last season.

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Pierce, who ran for 37 yards and a touchdown on 10 carries in Thursday's preseason opener, has been the Ravens' best running back in training camp, according to ESPN's Jamison Hensley.

Pierce and Rice both saw plenty of work on the first-team offense's only drive Thursday night, but Pierce stayed in with the second team. The former Temple Owl figures to start the first two regular-season games while Rice is suspended, giving him an excellent chance to make his case for an expanded role. As bad as Rice was last season, it's important to remember that Pierce wasn't any more successful. Both backs looked pretty good in Thursday's game, albeit against a 49ers defense that sat most of its key players.

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Bernard Pierce revealed that his weight ballooned to 248 pounds following January shoulder surgery.

The good news is Pierce has dropped into the 217-222 range, and recovered fully from the surgery. "I definitely feel lighter and quick," he said Sunday. Pierce just turned 24 in May, and is the favorite to open the season as the Ravens' feature back. He could run away with the job during Ray Rice's two-game ban.

Bernard Pierce RB BAL 1 Month

Updating a previous item, Bernard Pierce reported to Ravens training camp at 217 pounds.

Pierce played in the 230 range last season, which he came to regret en route to a plodding 2.86 YPC. His 2012 Combine weigh-in was 6-foot, 218. "I'm very confident in Bernard. I've always liked Bernard," coach John Harbaugh insisted. "He's a heck of a player. He's worked very hard, he's 217 pounds, [and] he's in the best shape of his life. He looked good out here the last couple of days."

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Bernard Pierce said he has a "knack" for new OC Gary Kubiak's kind of offense.

Pierce was a disaster last season, slogging through 16 games at a pathetic 2.86 YPC. But he was battling a litany of injuries that included problems with his shoulder, hamstring, knee and toe. Now he's fully healthy, back near his ideal playing weight and Ray Rice is facing a suspension. Pierce's extremely impressive rookie tape has us willing to take a shot on a bounce-back campaign.

Bernard Pierce RB BAL 1 Month

Bernard Pierce (shoulder surgery) has been "fully cleared" for training camp.

With Ray Rice expected to draw a multi-game suspension, Pierce's clearance paves the way for him to open the season as the Ravens' early-down back. Listed at 230 pounds, Pierce also said he's down to 223. It can only help after a sluggish 2013. Despite last year's struggles, Pierce's role makes him well worth a mid-round flier in fantasy drafts.