Pierce is 'ready to go'

Pierce is 'ready to go'
January 10, 2013, 2:00 pm
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The Ravens relish the underdog role

Ravens running back Bernard Pierce, who missed practice earlier this week with a knee injury, returned to practice on Thursday and said afterward that he is “ready to go” for the Ravens’ playoff game at Denver on Saturday.

“I’m ready to go to war with my guys, man,” he said.

“I didn’t come all this way to just sit back and watch.”

Pierce is coming off a 13-carry, 103-yard effort against the Colts, and has become an increasingly major part of the Ravens offense. He finished the regular season with 108 carries for 532 yards, and has averaged 105 yards a game over the past three games.

Not only does that help chew up the yardage, but it helps keep starter Ray Rice fresher later in games. The run game figures to be a major factor on Saturday. Denver’s third-ranked rushing defense held the Ravens to 56 rushing yards on 19 carries in the meeting on Dec. 16.

Rice had 12 carries for 38 yards, and Pierce totaled 20 yards on five carries. They will need to do better if the Ravens season is to continue.

Pierce said he aggravated his knee in the “late third or early fourth” quarter against the Colts. “The more I kept going, I guess the more it started getting hit.”

Pierce also said he isn’t concerned about the forecast for bitter cold weather in Denver, noting that he played in 18-degree weather at Temple.

 “Once you get the sweat going, you’re fine.”