Pierce, Leach return to practice

Pierce, Leach return to practice
January 10, 2013, 5:15 pm
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Bernard Pierce, who has led the Ravens in rushing for the last three weeks with better than 6 yards per carry, took the practice field Thursday after sitting out with a knee injury earlier this week.

Pierce took limited reps along with linebacker Dannell Ellerbe (ankle), fullback Vonta Leach (knee/ankle), receiver Torrey Smith (back) and receiver/special-teams player David Reed.

A Pro Bowl selection, Leach has been nursing his injuries for a while and has been mostly limited or held out of practice altogether in recent weeks. He hasn't missed a game this season and should be available for Saturday's divisional playoff game at the Denver Broncos (CBS, 4:30 p.m. ET).

“We aren’t anticipating anybody missing this game," coach John Harbaugh said. "We look like we’re in good shape.” 

Left guard Jah Reid (toe), who was replaced in the starting lineup by Bryant McKinnie last week’s 24-9 wild-card playoff victory vs. the Indianapolis Colts, didn’t practice for the second day in a row. McKinnie told CSN Baltimore earlier this week that he will be starting again. Rookie Kelechi Osemele was shifted from right tackle to Reid's spot. Michael Oher was moved from the left side to his natural position at right tackle. 

Pierce has proven to be a perfect complement to Ray Rice, rushing for 315 yards on 49 carries as the Ravens have won two of their last three games. Rice has 180 yards rushing on 42 carries for a 4.3 average, but he only played two series in the regular-season finale and has major significant contributions in the passing attack.  

Pierce and Rice combined for 220 all-purpose yards in the playoff victory last week.

The Ravens’ injury report remained the same with its list of probables: WR Anquan Boldin (shoulder), WR Tandon Doss (ankle), LB Adrian Hamilton (illness), LB Ray Lewis (triceps), LB Albert McClellan (shoulder), DE Pernell McPhee (thigh), DT Haloti Ngata (knee), S Bernard Pollard (ribs), S Ed Reed (shoulder), CB Jimmy Smith (abdominal), LB Terrell Suggs (Achilles/biceps) and G Marshal Yanda (shoulder).