INDIANAPOLIS – Ravens running back Bernard Pierce ran hard through the middle for a pair of first downs in the third quarter Sunday, displaying no effects of a quadriceps injury that had hampered him for the past few weeks.
Despite Pierce gaining 13 yards and 12 yards on his first two carries, the drive stalled and he would see limited playing time overall in his first game back.
Pierce finished with 30 yards on four carries in the Ravens' 20-13 loss to the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday at Lucas Oil Stadium. It was his first action since getting hurt prior to the Ravens’ win last month over the Cleveland Browns.
“I felt good, like I was able to contribute to the best of my ability,” Pierce said. “Hopefully, that’s a start of more to come. Once I got in the game, it was starting to get away from us a little bit. We had to switch it up and go back to the air game.”
Ravens coach John Harbaugh praised Pierce for his work during a short appearance.
“He did a good job,” Harbaugh said. “It’s good to see. I think he’s 100 percent. He was rolling a little bit. Then we got nothing out of the drive. That was disappointing.”
Trailing throughout the game, including a 13-3 deficit when Pierce entered the game in the third quarter, the Ravens ran the ball a season-low 15 times for 90 yards. The Ravens averaged six yards per carry, led by Justin Forsett’s 42 yards and a touchdown on six carries.
After Pierce’s two first-down runs in the third quarter, the Ravens ran the ball just three times for 16 yards the rest of the game.
“The run was there,” Forsett said. “We had some lanes and we took advantage. Very strange game. We started off really slow. You can’t do that in a hostile environment. We were kind off and fell behind. Then, we were throwing to try to catch up. We got to execute better at the start of the game.”