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Pierce practices on limited basis, vows to play on Sunday

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Pierce practices on limited basis, vows to play on Sunday

Posted on 16 January 2013 by Luke Jones

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Held to just 14 rushing yards on five carries before leaving the game with a knee injury, Ravens backup running back Bernard Pierce vowed to be ready to play against New England in Sunday’s AFC Championship.

The rookie practiced on a limited basis on Wednesday as it appears he’ll be on track to spell Ray Rice when needed against the Patriots. Pierce rushed for a game-high 103 yards in the wild-card playoff victory over Indianapolis and had averaged just below 6.3 yards per carry in the five games leading into Saturday’s divisional round.

“I’m feeling good,” said Pierce, who twice confirmed he would play on Sunday. “A lot of people have questioned about the whole playoff thing and the AFC Championship, so I’m just taking advice, sitting back, and just learning.”

Running back Anthony Allen and offensive lineman Gino Gradkowski both practiced on a limited basis in red non-contact jerseys as each player was listed with a head injury on Wednesday’s injury report. Wide receiver David Reed was also limited with a thigh injury that dates back to last week.

Cornerback Asa Jackson (thigh) was the only player on the 53-man roster not to take part in Wednesday’s workout in some capacity.

Players were very loose during the open portion of practice as Ed Reed and Terrell Suggs sang the songs “Juicy” by The Notorious B.I.G. and “Lose Yourself” by Eminem respectively. Bernard Pollard and Jacoby Jones tossed a boomerang back and forth during the early portion of practice.

However, the most bizarre scene of the day in Owings Mills was wide receiver David Reed sporting a Lee Evans No. 83 jersey during practice. I’m still not sure what to make of that one or why the garment was still in the building in Owings Mills.

For New England, cornerback Alfonzo Dennard (non-injured related) and tight end Rob Gronkowski (forearm) did not participate in Wednesday’s practice. Gronkowski is expected to miss the remainder of the postseason after re-injuring the forearm on which he underwent surgery earlier in the season.

Defensive end Chandler Jones (ankle) and running back Danny Woodhead (thumb) were among the Patriots’ limited participants on Wednesday. Jones, the younger brother of Ravens defensive end Arthur Jones, had his ankle rolled in the Patriots’ 41-28 win over Houston in the divisional round.

“He’s doing a good job not telling me anything,” said Arthur Jones about his younger brother. “He’s not telling me anything, but I think he is going to be out there. He’s a hard worker. I know he’s getting treatment on it hard.”

DID NOT PARTICIPATE: CB Asa Jackson (thigh)
LIMITED PARTICIPATION: RB Anthony Allen (head), G Gino Gradkowski (head), RB Bernard Pierce (knee), WR David Reed (thigh)
FULL PARTICIPATION: WR Anquan Boldin (shoulder), CB Chykie Brown (shoulder), DT Terrence Cody (ankle), LB Dannell Ellerbe (ankle/back), DT Arthur Jones (thigh/knee), FB Vonta Leach (knee/ankle), LB Ray Lewis (triceps), LB Albert McClellan (shoulder), DE Pernell McPhee (thigh), DT Haloti Ngata (knee), S Bernard Pollard (chest), S Ed Reed (shoulder), CB Jimmy Smith (abdominal), WR Torrey Smith (back), LB Terrell Suggs (achilles/bicep), G Marshal Yanda (shoulder)

DID NOT PARTICIPATE: CB Alfonzo Dennard (non-injury), TE Rob Gronkowski (forearm)
LIMITED PARTICIPATION: CB Marquice Cole (finger), DE Chandler Jones (ankle), OL Nick McDonald (shoulder), DE Trevor Scott (knee), RB Danny Woodhead (thumb)

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Ravens place OL Reid on IR, activate CB Jackson

Posted on 11 January 2013 by Luke Jones

The Ravens have placed offensive lineman Jah Reid on season-ending injured reserve and have activated rookie cornerback Asa Jackson to assume his spot on the 53-man roster.

Dealing with a toe injury for the last two weeks, Reid missed the wild-card playoff victory over the Indianapolis Colts as the Ravens elected to shuffle their offensive line by inserting veteran Bryant McKinnie at left tackle, moving rookie Kelechi Osemele to left guard, and sliding Michael Oher to right tackle. Reid hadn’t practiced all week and was listed as a limited participant in practices last week leading into the Indianapolis game.

Reid appeared in nine games this season and had started seven contests at left guard prior to suffering the injury.

Jackson was suspended four games in December for violating the NFL’s performance-enhancing drugs policy after reportedly testing positive for unapproved use of Adderall. The 2012 fifth-round pick was allowed to return to the team’s Owings Mills facility on Monday.

Due to a significant number of injuries in the secondary, Jackson had been active in three straight games and played on special teams prior to being suspended. He was on the inactive list for the Ravens’ first 10 games this season.

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Ravens CB Asa Jackson suspended four games by NFL

Posted on 11 December 2012 by Luke Jones

Ravens rookie cornerback Asa Jackson has been suspended four games for a violation of the NFL’s performance enhancing drugs policy, the league announced Tuesday.

The fifth-round pick from Cal Poly will begin his suspension immediately, meaning he will miss the final three games of the regular season and not be eligible for reinstatement until the day following the Ravens’ first potential postseason game.

“We are aware of this matter, but due to the confidentiality of the program, we are unable to provide additional comment on the situation,” the Ravens said in a released statement.

Jackson was inactive for the first 10 games before playing in the Ravens’ last three contests due to injury problems at the cornerback position. He has recorded one special-teams tackle but has yet to see any time as a defensive player.

The Ravens hadn’t announced a corresponding roster move as of Tuesday afternoon.

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Ravens-Bengals final injury report for Monday night

Posted on 08 September 2012 by Luke Jones

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — As expected, the Ravens’ final injury report for Monday night’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals paints a positive picture in terms of players being available.

Offensive lineman Jah Reid (calf) was listed as doubtful and will not play in the season opener, and cornerback Asa Jackson was listed as questionable with him dealing with a gastrointestinal illness the last two days.

Safety Sean Considine was cleared for contact after suffering a concussion in the preseason and will play on Monday night.

Meanwhile, the Bengals will be without rookie coornerback Dre Kirkpatrick, who will be sidelined for much of the first half of the season with a knee injury. Starting defensive end Carlos Dunlap (knee) and backup running back Bernard Scott are doubtful for Monday’s game.

Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton is listed as probable with a right biceps issue after the starting signal-caller was a full participant in practice all week.

DOUBTFUL: T Jah Reid (leg)
QUESTIONABLE: CB Asa Jackson (illness)
PROBABLE: S Sean Considine (head), LB Courtney Upshaw (shoulder)

OUT: CB Dre Kirkpatrick (knee)
DOUBTFUL: DE Carlos Dunlap (knee), RB Bernard Scott (hand)
QUESTIONABLE: CB Jason Allen (quad)
PROBABLE: QB Andy Dalton (right biceps), DE Robert Geathers (knee), TE Jermaine Gresham (knee), TE Donald Lee (thigh), LB Dan Skuta (head)

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Considine cleared for contact, will play Monday night

Posted on 08 September 2012 by Luke Jones

(Updated: 1:50 p.m.)

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Conducting their final practice before welcoming the Cincinnati Bengals to town for the season opener on Monday night, the Ravens continued to be in good shape as it related to attendance at practice.

Safety Sean Considine (concussion) was once again practicing in his regular white practice jersey for the second straight day. Coach John Harbaugh revealed after practice the veteran has been cleared for contact and will be ready to play on Monday.

“It was definitely frustrating,” Considine said. “It wasn’t a good time period at the end of training camp thereto be dealing with a concussion like that. I took care of it. I feel a lot better now and am ready to go. I feel fortunate that I’m still around here and looking to help this team win.”

He was listed as a full participant for practices on Friday and Saturday and had been wearing a red non-contact jersey since the third preseason against the Jacksonville Jaguars. However, Considine revealed he did not sustain a second concussion as previously reported but rather he was continuing to deal with symptoms from the first one as he attempted to play against Jacksonville.

Considine and newly-signed veteran James Ihedigbo will be the primary backups to starting safeties Ed Reed and Bernard Pollard.

“Really, I probably shouldn’t have tried to play in that third game,” Considine said. “That was all on me, and I just had some symptoms come up from the original. It was one concussion. That’s definitely better than having two, so I’m not too worried about that.”

Players conducted their customary jersey swap for the final practice of the week — making it difficult to spot players — but it appeared rookie cornerback Asa Jackson (illness) was absent for the second straight day. Offensive lineman Jah Reid (calf) was on the field but not practice as he will miss Monday night’s game against the Bengals.

Jackson is dealing with gastrointestinal issues.

“We’ve all had those, so that should paint a vivid picture for everybody,” said Harbaugh, drawing laughter from media.

Wide receiver Jacoby Jones muffed a punt during the portion of practice open to the media Saturday morning, which will certainly make Ravens fans nervous after the former Houston Texan’s struggles in the divisional playoff game in Baltimore last January.

Monday’s forecast calls for a clear night with temperatures dropping into the low 60s for the prime-time affair.

With the NFL continuing to use replacement officials, Richard “Matt” Nicks will be the referee for Monday night’s game. As you’d expect, we know very little about Nicks, but he did receive assignments for all four weeks of the preseason while many replacement officials did not.

Whether that’s a good sign or not is up for debate.

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Dickson, McBean injured in preseason opener against Atlanta

Posted on 10 August 2012 by Luke Jones

Already dealing with the loss of Dennis Pitta for the rest of the preseason, the Ravens will now wait on the status of Ed Dickson after the tight end left Thursday’s game with a sprained right shoulder.

Dickson landed hard on the shoulder upon catching a 9-yard touchdown pass from Joe Flacco in the second quarter of the Ravens’ 31-17 win over the Atlanta Falcons. The third-year tight end will undergo an MRI on Friday and could be sidelined a few weeks, according to head coach John Harbaugh.

Dickson’s absence would leave tight ends Davon Drew and Billy Bajema at the top of the depth chart with undrafted rookies Bruce Figgins and Matt Balasavage behind them. Pitta is expected to return by the start of the regular season after undergoing surgery on his broken right hand last week.

The most serious of the injuries sustained Thursday appeared to have occurred to defensive lineman Ryan McBean, who was carted off the field with what’s feared to be a fractured left ankle. He will undergo an X-ray Friday to determine the extent of the damage.

McBean was tabbed to be a key member of the defensive line rotation and is already facing a three-game suspension due to a violation of the league’s performance-enhancing drug policy.

Wide receiver Torrey Smith also suffered a sprained ankle in the preseason opener, but the injury is not believed to be serious.

Wide receiver Logan Payne (hip flexor) and cornerback Asa Jackson (hamstring) were also injured during Thursday’s game.

The Ravens deactivated 13 players due to injury-related concerns prior to their first preseason contest.

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