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Bernard Pierce Not Practicing For Ravens, But Owen Daniels Returns

August 25, 2014


OWINGS MILLS -- Concussions can lead to a great deal of uncertainty regarding someone's roster or playing status.

But one thing that can clear the bureaucratic haze over any certain player concerns is his resume.

Three Ravens have incurred concussions during this year's preseason and training camp, and two of them -- swing tackle Jah Reid and running back Bernard Pierce -- are still with the team due to their expected contributory roles.

The third, guard Will Rackley, was one of 15 players removed from the roster during the first cut down. 

Rackley was not on the practice field for the week's first workout in preparation for the Aug. 28 game at New Orleans. 

But then again, neither was Pierce, who will be counted on to start the season's first two games in the wake of Ray Rice's suspension, as well as contribute in his usual change-of-pace role.

Ravens 2014: Bernard Pierce (training camp)
Photo Credit: Sabina Moran/PressBox

The Ravens' top reserve at running back, a third-round pick from Temple in 2012, was seen leaving the field after taking a hit from Washington Redskins safety Brandon Merriweather, who has a reputation for crunching hits.

Four years ago in New England, Merriweather, then playing for the Patriots, knocked the guard out of the mouth of tight end Todd Heap during a Ravens' road loss.

Soon after his hit on Pierce, Merriweather was flagged for a hit on defenseless receiver Torrey Smith during the Aug. 23 game against the Redskins.

Reid was also one of several Ravens not practicing Aug. 25, but he is counted on to be the backup to both left tackle Eugene Monroe and right-sider Rick Wagner.

Tight end Owen Daniels, bothered by leg fatigue and soreness, returned to the practice field, as did cornerback Jimmy Smith (chest bruise). 

However, Smith appeared not dressed; he merely took an opportunity to get in some sideline running on a sunny, warm day.

As expected, also missing were cornerbacks Asa Jackson (ankle) and Lardarius Webb (back), as well as nose tackle Terrence Cody (hip), the latter still counting towards the 75-man roster limit on the Physically Unable to Perform list.

New absentees, both for undisclosed reasons, were strong safety Matt Elam and wide receiver Kamar Aiken, a young prospect who survived the first roster cut.

Aiken was scheduled to meet with the media today, but that appearance has been cancelled. 

Joe Platania is in his 21st season covering professional football.