Ravens running back Lorenzo Taliaferro, slated for a larger role in the offense as the primary backup to starter Justin Forsett this season, suffered a sprained MCL Saturday night against the Philadelphia Eagles and will be out several weeks, coach John Harbaugh said.
This year, the Ravens aren't at the center of the ugly storm caused by offseason arrests and the national debate over the punishment of a star performer. That circus has moved to New England Patriots training camp.
Former Ravens backup running back Bernard Pierce requested a trial by jury and was assigned an Oct. 27 trial court date in his driving-under-the-influence case, according to his attorney, Warren Alperstein.
The sad fact that free time has not been the Ravens' friend is well-documented. But the message has been sent from owner Steve Bisciotti, general manager Ozzie Newsome and coach John Harbaugh that the Ravens have reached the end of their patience with the kind of off-field idiocy that has badly scarred the image of the franchise.
The start of the first of three weeks of voluntary OTAs brought the annual questions about the state of the Ravens' offense, which again will have a different look in the upcoming season. But quarterback Joe Flacco, who has started every game for the team over the past seven seasons, remains one of the few constants.
Now with the Jacksonville Jaguars after being claimed off waivers one day after the Ravens cut him from the roster, Pierce broke his silence in discussing the incident for the first time as he met with Jacksonville reporters this week.
Baltimore County detectives looked through advertisements on the website Backpage.com for a St. Patrick's Day prostitution sting that ended in the arrest of a prominent Baltimore attorney's son and another man on human-trafficking charges, court documents show.
When the Ravens cut backup running back Bernard Pierce this week following his driving under the influence arrest, they did so with the knowledge that he was already the likely odd man out on their depth chart.
Running back Bernard Pierce was claimed by the Jacksonville Jaguars off waivers from the Ravens one day after he was released following his arrest for driving under the influence, according to an NFL source.
For all the talk about quarterback Joe Flacco's recent postseason play, the Ravens know they are going to need to run the ball in Saturday's AFC divisional playoff game against the Patriots, and doing so successfully starts with containing Vince Wilfork, a five-time Pro Bowl selection.
When backup running back Bernard Pierce waited on his blocks to develop and cut back to his left for touchdown run against the Pittsburgh Steelers last Saturday, he displayed better patience than he'd shown in previous red-zone forays.
A block by Kelechi Osemele bought Joe Flacco the time he needed to escape the pressure and find wide receiver Torrey Smith in the end zone for an 11-yard touchdown pass during the Ravens' 30-17 AFC wild-card playoff win at Heinz Field.