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Report: Bernard Pierce has minor knee injury

Bernard Pierce, Jonathan Casillas AP

On his third carry of the Ravens’ preseason opener at Tampa Bay on Thursday night, Ravens running back Bernard Pierce showed why he could be a key part of an offense that already has a blue-chip runner in Ray Rice.

On the play, Pierce started inside, bounced outside, beat a Buccaneers defender around the corner with speed and a stiff-arm, then sprinted down the sideline for a 20-yard touchdown. However, Pierce landed awkwardly on his left leg at the end of the run, and he was seen with his left knee wrapped after the game, per Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun.

While Pierce indeed suffered a sprained knee, there is no “structural damage” to the knee, Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun reported Saturday. Per Wilson, Pierce could miss a “few days.”

The Ravens’ next preseason game is Thursday vs. Atlanta. If Pierce can’t play, reserves Anthony Allen, Damien Berry and Bobby Rainey could get a few more snaps. The most important takeaway, though, is that the Ravens look likely to have one of their core players back sooner than later.

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18 Responses to “Report: Bernard Pierce has minor knee injury”
  1. aaroncurryisbust says: Aug 10, 2013 7:07 PM

    And nothing of value was lost.

  2. bigboysmash says: Aug 10, 2013 7:18 PM

    Lol at PFT calling him fat and out of shape a few weeks ago. This dude is top 10 rb in the league

  3. ryann252013 says: Aug 10, 2013 7:34 PM

    I saw him land on his knee and I was like “Didnt that hurt? I guess not”

  4. rockthered1286 says: Aug 10, 2013 7:37 PM

    Pierce would be a starter on about half of the nfl teams in 2013 without a doubt, but needs to curb the title of injury prone. If he can shake that? He’ll without a doubt be starting in either Baltimore or elsewhere within the next 2 years.

  5. youarejealousof6rings says: Aug 10, 2013 8:04 PM

    Bust.

  6. dcapettini says: Aug 10, 2013 8:17 PM

    Hey there 6 Rings, when was the last time the Steelers had a decent running back? Let’s see, Franco Harris left in 1984. Only 29 years! Yep we are all jealous of your moss covered rings.

  7. jmblosser82 says: Aug 10, 2013 8:56 PM

    Yea because Bettis was terrible. Since he left we haven’t been able to get any RB going.

  8. coughlinsredcheeks says: Aug 10, 2013 8:57 PM

    dcapettini says:
    Aug 10, 2013 8:17 PM

    Hey there 6 Rings, when was the last time the Steelers had a decent running back? Let’s see, Franco Harris left in 1984. Only 29 years! Yep we are all jealous of your moss covered rings.

    I’ll take Jerome Bettis for $200

  9. scoobies05 says: Aug 10, 2013 9:17 PM

    hey jealous….tell us the last time the steelers drafted a rb who turned into anything

  10. ravensworknotsteel says: Aug 10, 2013 9:35 PM

    the steelers had fast willie parker! dude was a beast and their no name backs been hurting us past few years this bell might be good but i love our backs and Always have simce 96 yo ravens

  11. thelastbesthope says: Aug 10, 2013 9:36 PM

    He did NOT land awkwardly…he took a helmet to the knee at about the 5 and then spun himself in for the TD. His free fall landing was what saved him from a more serious injury.

    Watch the tape. It was a nasty hit and it’s lucky he got away with only a sprain.

  12. scoobies05 says: Aug 10, 2013 10:19 PM

    fast willie had 2 good years and 1 great year and was basically done by age 28. he was good…not great. so thats 1 back since bettis and who was the last good one before bettis? i am not trying to be disrespectful steeler fans. your boy jbsteeler likes to point out the ravens issues in drafting a wr. so my point to him is your last great back was bettis(free agent). what other rbs have you drafted.

  13. aaroncurryisbust says: Aug 10, 2013 10:22 PM

    Jerome Bettis is arguably the most overrated RB in the history of the league. LMAO, nice sub-4.0 career YPC.

  14. deathonwings410 says: Aug 10, 2013 10:44 PM

    Sucks that he’s banged up, but I’d rather keep “Baby AP” healthy for the regular season. He’s gonna take Ray Rice’s job by next year if he can stay healthy.

  15. crownofthehelmet says: Aug 10, 2013 11:17 PM

    Amos Zereoue, Bam Morris, Merrill Hoge, and Barry Foster were all better than Fatnard Pierce. Bettis and Fast Willie, better than Rice.

    And Le’veon Bell will better than them all.

  16. nfl4days says: Aug 11, 2013 2:50 AM

    What’s with all the disrespect ray rice is getting? He’s carried that Baltimore offense his whole career and without 4th and 29 there probably isn’t another ring in baltimore. Bernard may run with note attitude and maybe even more explosiveness in short yardage, but he can’t do nearly what ray can do in the passing game and ray is more likely to hit a long home run.

  17. brianjoates says: Aug 11, 2013 7:15 AM

    The next priest Holmes.

  18. @Cereal_22 says: Aug 11, 2013 7:53 AM

    Pierce is a poor man’s A.Peterson. He gives the Ravens O another dimension if he can stay on the field.

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