Bernard Pierce on sideline without helmet at Tuesday's practice

Rookie running back did not participate in special teams drills during open portion of practice

January 08, 2013|By Edward Lee

Fresh off a three-game stretch in which he has led the Ravens in rushing, Bernard Pierce did not appear to be in line to do much at Tuesday’s practice.

The rookie running back walked slowly into the team’s indoor training facility and did not carry a helmet. Pierce, who usually participates in special teams, stood on the sideline during the portion of practice open to the media.

Pierce had been limited by an ankle injury last week, but carried the ball 13 times for 103 yards in the team’s 24-9 victory over the Indianapolis Colts in an AFC wild-card playoff contest. He has gained 315 yards on 49 attempts in the Ravens' last three games.

Jah Reid was absent from practice. Reid, who had started the last seven games of the regular season at left guard, was inactive for Sunday’s contest because of a toe injury.

Fullback Vonta Leach and inside linebacker Dannell Ellerbe were present and active. Both players re-aggravated right ankle sprains in the win against Indianapolis.

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