Bernard Pierce says he’s “fine” after head injury

AP

Ravens running back Bernard Pierce made an early exit from Saturday night’s game against the Redskins after taking a blow to the head from Redskins safety Brandon Meriweather, but it doesn’t sound like he’s going to be out of the lineup for a long time.

Pierce tweeted on Sunday that he’s “fine” after undergoing evaluation for a concussion after the hit. It’s not clear whether or not Pierce was officially diagnosed with a concussion, which would mean he has to progress through the league’s protocol before returning to action, but he has two weeks before the start of the regular season to get cleared if that was the doctor’s finding.

With Pierce out of the lineup, the Ravens turned to Justin Forsett and Lorenzo Taliaferro at running back with the first team. Ray Rice was dressed and went through warmups, but never saw the field as the Ravens opted to stick with players who won’t be suspended for the first two games of the regular season.

Pierce has 21 carries for 89 yards and a touchdown in three preseason outings, although he lost three yards on his four carries against Washington.