Status of rookie running back Pierce a mystery for Tuesday’s practice

January 08, 2013 | Luke Jones

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Following a 103-yard rushing performance in the Ravens’ 24-9 wild-card playoff win over the Indianapolis Colts, running back Bernard Pierce did not appear to be taking part in Tuesday’s indoor practice.

The rookie was on the field without a helmet during the portion of practice open to the media. Despite playing at an exceptional level against Indianapolis, Pierce practiced on a limited basis all last week with an ankle injury.

Left guard Jah Reid (toe) was not present during the media viewing portion of practice as it appears his status will remain in doubt for Saturday’s game against the Denver Broncos. In Reid’s absence, the Ravens made the long-awaited decision to insert Bryant McKinnie at left tackle, move rookie Kelechi Osemele to left guard, and slide Michael Oher to the right tackle position.

Baltimore limited the Colts to just one sack and two quarterback hits, but the offensive line will face an even bigger challenge this week against pass rushers Von Miller and Elvis Dumervil, who were the most prolific sack tandem in the NFL with a combined 29 1/2 quarterback drops this season.

Linebacker Dannell Ellerbe was present and working during Tuesday’s practice after leaving Sunday’s game with a sprained ankle.

The Ravens did not release an official injury report following the workout but will release reports on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.

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