The Ravens have a big role in mind for running back Bernard Pierce while Ray Rice is suspended for the first two games of the season, but they may need to wait for him to be cleared from a concussion to fill it.
Pierce has gone to the locker room to be evaluated for a concussion after taking a hit from Redskins safety Brandon Meriweather in the first quarter of Saturday night’s game.
Pierce had taken a handoff from Joe Flacco before the hit from Meriweather, so this won’t fall into the lap of the league for further review of Meriweather’s long habit of hitting defenseless receivers in the head.
With Pierce out, the Ravens turned to rookie Lorenzo Taliaferro on a fourth-and-one in the Redskins red zone, but Taliaferro couldn’t convert. Pierce had been stuffed by Keenan Robinson on a previous fourth down effort and Flacco took a sack from Jason Hatcher to end another drive with nothing to show for their work on the scoreboard.
UPDATE 8:33 p.m. ET: Meriweather may hear from the league yet. On an ensuing Ravens possession, he drilled Torrey Smith in the head while Smith was trying to catch a pass. He earned a penalty and possibly more discipline from the league.