The Ravens' first practice of the week leading up to Sunday's AFC championship game against the New England Patriots took place Wednesday without Bernard Pierce and Brendon Ayanbadejo.
Pierce, a rookie running back, re-aggravated a nagging right knee injury in the third quarter of the team's 38-35 double overtime win against the Denver Broncos last Saturday. Pierce, however, pledged before practice to be available for Sunday.
Ayanbadejo was not reported to have sustained an injury in Saturday's win. Ayanbadejo, the team's leading tackler on special teams in the regular season, caused some controversy when he derided the Patriots' no-huddle offense as a "gimmick" during that team's victory over the Houston Texans Sunday. Ayanbadejo apologized for his comments on Twitter.
Running back Anthony Allen and rookie center Gino Gradkowski wore red, non-contact meshes over their jerseys. That's usually an indication that the player is dealing with concussion-like symptoms.
The Ravens appeared to be a loose bunch. Wide receiver David Reed wore Lee Evans' No. 83 jersey, strong safety Bernard Pollard and wide receiver Jacoby Jones tossed around a boomerang, and free safety Ed Reed and outside linebacker Terrell Suggs performed "Juicy" by The Notorious B.I.G. and "Lose Yourself" by Eminem, respectively.