Ravens’ Pierce, Thompson getting checked out

AP

The Ravens took a convincing 44-16 win last night, but what is less clear is the condition of two offensive players they’re expecting to rely on this year.

According to Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun, second-year wide receiver Deonte Thompson left the stadium with a soft boot on his ankle.

And backup running back Bernard Pierce came up hobbling after a 20-yard touchdown run, favoring his left knee. Pierce left the stadium with his knee wrapped, but declined to elaborate on his condition.

Ravens coach John Harbaugh offered no specifics after the game.

“We look pretty good right now,” Harbaugh said. “We have some things we’ll have to see about tomorrow: X-rays, MRIs, things like that. So we’ll have to see.”

The Ravens have starting options ahead of both guys, but they’re not in a position to lose any depth, especially on that side of the ball.

36 responses to “Ravens’ Pierce, Thompson getting checked out

  1. Any other Ravens fans hold their breath when Pierce started crawling in pain after that hit in the endzone?

    So much of what we’ve historically done is predicated on spelling Rice with a splat back in the power game and wearing down defenses.

  2. Baltimore’s receiver corps can’t afford to take any more losses.

    Boldin is gone, Pitta is injured, Dickson is on the shelf for a couple weeks at least. It’s “all hands on deck” right now. Thompson is the guy most often mentioned by the Front Office / Coaching staff as a strong, emerging player.

    Pierce, while obviously behind Rice, is a major part of the Ravens’ offense, and it would be a significant blow to have him go down for any length of time.

    Crossing my fingers and toes that they come out OK…hurt, not injured, is what we’re hoping for.

  3. LEONARD JOHNSON #29 for the BUCS is a NO BRAIN MORON. Who targets someone’s knee in the first preseason game. Or ANY game for that matter. The guy is a total dimwit moron.

  4. What should be concerning is that the Ravens are relying on a 2nd-yr wideout and a b/up running back to be successful this year. Sadly, they’re two of the more talented players on the roster.

  5. I hope Ozzie sticks to his guns to prove he can draft WR’s and doesn’t sign a FA.

    My Steelers will benefit from that stubbornness.

  6. crown… The only part of the team that has taken a hit is the receiving corps. RB is fine even without Pierce. Also the defense is stronger. So in fact it’s not sad at all.

  7. at least we dont have to replace plax and cotchery. two stud signings there jb. enjoy 3rd place again. and crown, you do realize pitt is relying on unproven players all over the offense

  8. Plax requires attention in the red zone, cotchery is a sneaky 3rd down receiver, and lets be honest there isn’t a better cheap FA out there right now.

  9. Scoobs, not all steelernation believes Ben is elite, but he manages to win more games then he blows games. On the pecking order, he is still ranked higher then Flacco, Romo, Ryan, and Stafford. I would put, in no particular order, both Mannings, Brady, Brees, and Rodgers.

  10. Go ahead and list all the Ben vs Flacco stats and comparisons you want. You all know the truth – Ben has that killer instinct needed to be elite, Joe does not. Perfect example – last season Ben attempted to win games, resulting in some game-ending int’s. Flacco’s looking to dump it off on 4th 29 with the playoff’s on the line.

    I don’t care how his td/int ratio is in the playoffs, I would never want the latter leading my team.

  11. fair enough jm. his success in the past warrants that. at this point i would probably take flacco over ben. i am sure that comment starts a new war but joe is younger and healthier and has had more recent success. joe also leads a more productive offense. but if i were a steeler fan i would more than likely be a ben guy. rodgers, brady, brees, and peyton are the top 4 in any order you want. i like eli, but he is a bit too inconsistent in my opinion compared to the others. hope u are well

  12. Hey jmblosser,
    Ben is injury prone more than most QBs in this stage of his career. To say that he wins more than he blows games should refer to him actually playing. And I don’t know who’s pecking order you are referring to, but I would take Flacco over Ben any day right now.
    Ben is washed up.

  13. Before the injury ben was in talks for MVP, Flacco was never mentioned for the MVP. When Ben had help from a running game he had great numbers, the last 2-3 years there has been no run game to speak if.
    If I had to pick Ben or Flacco for a 2 min drill to win a game, hands down I will pick ben. To pick who will survive a whole season, Flacco.

  14. part of my point jm….ben is not reliable for a whole season at this point. he has taken way to many hits, plus a horrific bike accident. and at the end of last year, way too many costly turnovers. maybe it was an abberation or maybe the start of a trend. we will see

  15. I’m betting on an anomaly and not a trend, scoobs. If I remember correctly, those picks were bad mental mistakes by Ben, not so much physical mistakes. I think he was just trying to do too much to win, instead of not making the throws because of diminishing physical skills. I’d be concerned about the negative trend from end of last year continuing if it was physical, but since I still think he’s one of the mentally tough QB’s in the game, I have much optimism about a strong start. Good day sir.

  16. Half the fanbase was yapping about how pathetic Flacco looked last season. They fired Cam and he still blew chunks. Especially in San Diego. Not until the playoffs did he redeem himself. So I don’t want to hear about how consistent Flacco was. He was consistently pathetic on the road. And the Steelers defense dropped the hammer down on him both games last season. While Batch received a league MVP vote for his performance against you.

  17. While you cowering, worried Steelers fans are whining about Roethlisbooger (yawn), you’d better concentrate on keeping your starters out of harm’s way. If the Ravens’ backups can annihilate the Bucs like they did last night, you can bet some of them will be thrown in to pound the ever weakening Steelers into the dirt where they belong.

  18. jmf, the only way your 2nd-stringers see action against the Steelers is if your starters get arrested the night before. Or because they’re begging JH for mercy after BB torches them for another five TD’s in the first half.

  19. “Perfect example – last season Ben attempted to win games, resulting in some game-ending int’s. Flacco’s looking to dump it off on 4th 29 with the playoff’s on the line.

    I don’t care how his td/int ratio is in the playoffs, I would never want the latter leading my team.”

    ~~~~

    To each their own I guess. If no one was open because the defense was obviously playing the pass I would rather my QB dumped off to one of the best backs in the league rather than take a sack or risk an interception, or worse, a pick 6 by throwing into a crowd. The playoffs weren’t on the line there either.

  20. Reports of our demise by hopeful fans of the stoolers, clowns, and bungles seem to be a bit premature. The DL looked very good, as did the linebackers. The DB’s need to gel and they will be fine esp with our dumervil, Suggs, ngata pass rush triad

  21. The 4&29 was more about the lack of tackling(they had several chances and blew it on the run after catch)then how awesome ray rice is. At that point in time the playoff seeding/missing the playoffs was still an issue for the ravens, after it was all said and done that would’ve been the game to cost them the division if they lost. I am not playing what ifs raven fans just looking back at what that game meant.

  22. You just made my point lovefootball. It was 4th & 29, and if you don’t make it, game over (zero chance of you getting the ball back, a minute left & no timeouts). And your QB worries about a pick 6 in that situation?

    Sounds like Flacco’s doing the math in his head on how much that in-flight TD will earn him.

  23. While you cowering, worried Steelers fans are whining about Roethlisbooger (yawn), you’d better concentrate on keeping your starters out of harm’s way. If the Ravens’ backups can annihilate the Bucs like they did last night, you can bet some of them will be thrown in to pound the ever weakening Steelers into the dirt where they belong.

    Did you forget a steeler backup beat you last year skippy?.. Ssshh you are making yourself look even more foolish than normal….cheers!

  24. The little Steeler troll Nofool is right. Charlie Batch was able to beat the Ravens (as he’s said one zillion times). This year, the Ravens could be in big trouble if Batch plays bec….what? He’s gone? Well, that sort of makes the little Steeler troll Nofool’s post sound like something coming from an insane person. Why would the Ravens fear someone who doesn’t play football anymore? Anyone?

  25. The little Steeler troll Nofool is right. Charlie Batch was able to beat the Ravens (as he’s said one zillion times). This year, the Ravens could be in big trouble if Batch plays bec….what? He’s gone? Well, that sort of makes the little Steeler troll Nofool’s post sound like something coming from an insane person. Why would the Ravens fear someone who doesn’t play football anymore? Anyone?

    Skippy you brought up the steelers need to fear the raven second string ….right? My point mr alias is that you should be worried about any third string steeler QB …. Doesn’t have to be Batch skippy alias.

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