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Pierce misses practice but expects to play

OWINGS MILLS - Ravens rookie running back Bernard Pierce missed practice Thursday as he continues to deal with the right knee injury that he aggravated during Baltimore's divisional round win against the Denver Broncos last week.

Pierce was a limited participant in practice Wednesday, and he told reporters earlier in the day that he expects to be available against the Patriots.

Pierce didn't play in the fourth quarter or overtime of the win over the Broncos after aggravating a knee injury that limited him in practice during the week leading up to the game. He was walking with a noticeable limp in the locker room after the game.

Pierce rushed for 532 yards and a touchdown during the regular season and accumulated 103 yards on just 13 carries amid the Ravens' 24-9 wild-card win over the Indianapolis Colts.

Including the win over the Colts, Pierce had rushed for a combined 315 yards in the three games prior to Saturday while averaging more than six yards per rushing attempt.

He had 14 yards on five carries prior to exiting against Denver.

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