Coming Up
  • Sat., Dec. 10, 2016 7:30 PM - 8:00 PM EST Ravens Report See the plays, hear the sideline conversations and feel the hits on Ravens Wired, the only behind-the-scenes show featuring a Ravens player wired for sound during each week's game. Go behind the Ravens bench for in-game adjustments and inside the locker room for Head Coach John Harbaugh's post-game speech. Produced by Ravens Productions, Ravens Wired is hosted by WBAL-TV's Keith Mills.
  • Sun., Dec. 11, 2016 1:00 AM - 1:30 AM EST Ravens Unscripted Ravens beat writers Ryan Mink and Garrett Downing join our host to tackle the latest Ravens headlines and hottest topics. Each week's show, brought to you by Ravens Productions, also features a special guest, including prominent sports media, front office staff, players or other Ravens insiders.
  • Mon., Dec. 12, 2016 8:00 PM EST Live Game Audio Broadcast Listen to the live WBAL broadcast of the Ravens at Patriots on BaltimoreRavens.com.
  • Mon., Dec. 12, 2016 8:30 PM EST Purple Club Happy Hour What's better than Happy Hour specials and Baltimore Ravens football? A Purple Club Happy Hour! Join the Purple club this season at various Buffalo Wild Wings locations to watch the Ravens on the road.
  • Mon., Dec. 12, 2016 11:45 PM EST Live Post Game Presser John Harbaugh and key players will address the media following the game.
  • Sat., Dec. 17, 2016 7:00 PM - 7:30 PM EST Ravens Report Hosted by WUSA-TV's Kristen Berset, Ravens Report, the flagship program of the Baltimore Ravens that showcases life in the NFL. Created by Ravens Productions, this magazine-style show features behind-the-scenes access to Ravens players and coaches as they prepare for each week's opponent.
  • Sat., Dec. 17, 2016 7:30 PM - 8:00 PM EST Ravens Report See the plays, hear the sideline conversations and feel the hits on Ravens Wired, the only behind-the-scenes show featuring a Ravens player wired for sound during each week's game. Go behind the Ravens bench for in-game adjustments and inside the locker room for Head Coach John Harbaugh's post-game speech. Produced by Ravens Productions, Ravens Wired is hosted by WBAL-TV's Keith Mills.
  • Sun., Dec. 18, 2016 1:00 AM - 1:30 AM EST Ravens Unscripted Ravens beat writers Ryan Mink and Garrett Downing join our host to tackle the latest Ravens headlines and hottest topics. Each week's show, brought to you by Ravens Productions, also features a special guest, including prominent sports media, front office staff, players or other Ravens insiders.

News

Print
RSS

Slowed By Injury, Bernard Pierce Finally Feels Healthy

Posted Nov 1, 2013

The second-year running back has been dealing with a hamstring issue throughout the season.

Running back Bernard Pierce had high expectations coming into the season.

He had shown tremendous promise during his rookie campaign, and finished the year strong with bursts of explosion throughout the playoffs. He talked about the Ravens having a “scary” one-two punch with him and Ray Rice in the backfield.

But the first seven games of this season have gone much different than expected. The Ravens rank 28th in the NFL with an average of 74 rushing yards per game, and part of the issue has been a nagging hamstring injury that Pierce admitted has slowed him down in the first half of the season.

“It affected me a little bit during some games,” Pierce told reporters this week. “I was finding myself trying to nurse it throughout the week and ending up messing it up a little after the games. So there was a little pain.”

Pierce has been on and off the injury report throughout the season, and he has not displayed the same burst that he had last year. He has still not missed a game, rushing for 219 yards on 79 carries.

The second-year back has averaged 2.8 yards per carry, compared to 4.9 yards per rush last season.

“It’s a little frustrating, but once you start letting it actually get to you then your thoughts turn negative and then you start shutting down,” Pierce said. “You just have to be careful with it. You have to give it time to rest and then once it rests you have to maintain it and don’t try to overdo a lot during the week.”

The Ravens have limited Pierce in recent weeks, and he had just 12 carries in the last two games. He said that he aggravated his hamstring in the Week 7 game against Pittsburgh, but then he had the bye week to focus on recovering.

Now Pierce said that he is “definitely” the healthiest he has felt all season.

“I’m feeling great,” he said. “I’m ready to go.”

Getting Pierce back to full strength could provide a big boost to the running game and give the Ravens the combination they envisioned at the start of the year. Rice is also healthy after dealing with a hip problem, and the two backs are hoping for a strong performance down the stretch.

“I think we’ve seen glimpses of that and we certainly know from what they’re able to do from last year – that both guys give you a unique package,” Offensive Coordinator Jim Caldwell said. “A 1-2 punch with a lot of quickness and power is not a bad package at all.” 

Pierce still thinks the Ravens have a dangerous tandem, which he’s hoping to display Sunday against the Cleveland Browns. 

“Definitely when we’re both healthy, we’re definitely capable of great things,” Pierce said. “The sky is the limit.”

Please Note

The opinions, analysis and/or speculation expressed on BaltimoreRavens.com represent those of individual authors, and unless quoted or clearly labeled as such, do not represent the opinions or policies of the Baltimore Ravens' organization, front office staff, coaches and executives. Authors' views are formulated independently from any inside knowledge and/or conversations with Ravens officials, including the coaches and scouts, unless otherwise noted.

Recent Videos

Recent Photos