Bernard Pierce, Jimmy Smith, Lardarius Webb Practice


Aug 23, 2014; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Ravens running back Bernard Pierce (30) carries the ball as Washington Redskins linebacker Keenan Robinson (52) tackles in the first quarter at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Amber Searls-USA TODAY Sports

The Baltimore Ravens have said all along that Bernard Pierce, Jimmy Smith, Lardarius Webb, and Asa Jackson would be ready by week 1 in spite of seeing limited or no practice time this preseason.  And it appears that they weren’t bluffing after all.  Ryan Mink at tells us that the Ravens are getting healthy at the right time.

Saturday’s practice saw the return of a slew of injured players, including Bernard Pierce, Jimmy Smith, Lardarius Webb, Asa Jackson, and Jah Reid.  It was a truly a welcome sight for fans, and especially John Harbaugh.  “Very encouraging to get all those guys practicing,” Harbaugh said following Saturday’s practice.  “I think we had everybody practicing today. It’s encouraging to see that. Those guys all looked good. We’ll just take it one day at a time from there.”

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The team suffered quite a few injuries through offseason activities but opted to play it safe by holding them out of meaningless practices and games.  While some of these guys may have to shake a little rust off, especially Webb, it will likely be a wise decision in the end.  Webb has been out since the start of training camp.

Both Pierce and Reid suffered concussions, but they proved to be relatively minor and neither has missed much time. Both were injured in the third preseason game against the Washington Redskins.  While Pierce is expected to start the first two games of the season, Reid is the top reserve offensive lineman.

Smith suffered a chest injury against the Dallas Cowboys in the second preseason game after landing on his back after contesting a pass.  He and Webb will slide back into the starting lineup, and Asa Jackson is expected to fall in behind them as the third corner.