Ravens Week 11 Notebook

Todd Karpovich

Michael Pierce Could Play Against Texans

Ravens defensive tackle Michael Pierce had to leave the game against the Cincinnati Bengals with an ankle injury, 

However, Baltimore coach John Harbaugh said Pierce could be available Week 11 against the Houston Texans. 

“I would say he’s day-to-day right now," Harbaugh said. "Nothing serious, it won’t be a long-term injury, which is good news, based on the MRI today. There is a chance he’ll play on Sunday. We’ll just have to see how he does.”

Pierce appeared to injure the ankle in the first quarter. He returned to the game but was shut down after halftime.

Pierce is a crucial part of the middle of the Ravens’ defense alongside Brandon Williams. Pierce has started all nine games and made 21 tackles.

The X-rays came up negative, opening the door for Pierce to get back in the lineup this week.

The Ravens missed Pierce's run-stopping skills and Bengals running back Joe Mixon finished with 114 yards on 30 carrie.

Still, Harbaugh was impressed how Williams helped fill the void with Pierce's absence. 

"Brandon was a force," Harbaugh said. "Brandon kind of took it upon himself to get that run stopped, especially in the second half. He played a lot of plays, played super hard, very physical in there. We needed him to, and he did a great job with it.”

Williams finished with seven tackles in the Ravens' 49-13 victory.  

'Heisman Package' Could Keep Opponents Off-Balance

The Ravens unveiled their so-called "Heisman Package" for the first time against the Bengals.

It could be a snapshot of things to come.

The strategy involves all three of the team's former Heisman Trophy winners -- Robert Griffin III, Mark Ingram and Lamar Jackson.

On this play against Cincinnati, Jackson took the snap, faked a handoff to Ingram, which drew a couple of defenders, and then used the opening to run off tackle. Just as Jackson is about to be met by another defender, he pitched the ball to RG3, which resulted in a 12-yard gain. 

There could be other variations of this strategy in the playbook of offensive coordinator Greg Roman.  

"The guys like to have fun. Why wouldn't we have stuff like that if we can?" Harbaugh said. 

Rookie Marshall Could Be Activated This Week

Ravens rookie cornerback Iman Marshall has yet to play a snap this season because of a toe injury. 

Harbaugh, however, said the team will likely add Marshall to the active roster this week. 

"We plan on bringing him up [to the 53-man roster]," Harbaugh said. "Whether he's active or not just kind of depends on how the roster shakes out. He's practiced well, he's healthy, and hopefully he can contribute."

Marshall, a fourth-round pick from USC, was placed on IR on Sept. 2, but was designated to return. Under the rule, Marshall was able practice for three weeks before the Ravens had to decide to either move him to the 53-man roster or keep him on IR the entire season.

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