By Aaron Wilson
The Baltimore Sun
6:20 PM EST, January 21, 2013
Emerging unscathed with no serious injuries sustained during the AFC championship game Sunday night, the Ravens appear to be relatively healthy heading into the Super Bowl.
The Ravens reported no new injuries during or after their 28-13 victory over the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. Left offensive tackle Bryant McKinnie was noticeably limping after the game, but didn't miss any time in the game and should be fine for the Ravens' pending matchup against the San Francisco 49ers in New Orleans at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
"We got through very healthy, nothing major," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said Monday at team headquarters. "That should clear that up for the next two weeks."
Although listed as questionable on the injury report heading into Sunday, rookie running back Bernard Pierce had insisted all along that he would play. And he played well even though dealing with some pain, averaging 5.8 yards per carry and finishing with 52 yards on nine carries.
Including Pierce, Pro Bowl fullback Vonta Leach (right knee, ankle), starting inside linebacker Dannell Ellerbe (sprained right ankle, back) and reserve wide receiver David Reed (thigh), every player listed as questionable played against the Patriots without incident.
"I think I played well," said Pierce, adding that he didn't aggravate the injury. "I had a couple nice runs, I had a couple nice blocks. I wanted to make sure I helped my team in any possible way I could.
"I was fine. I pushed through it, that's all that matters. And we're in the Super Bowl."