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RB Bernard Pierce - Baltimore Ravens

6-0, 218Born: 5-10-1991College: TempleDrafted: Round 3

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Preseason player page

Pierce suffered a concussion in the third preseason game in late August. ***UPDATE - Pierce was able to practice fully before the Ravens Week 1 game. He began the game as the starter.

News you need to know

From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Oct 27): Pierce was a healthy scratch, and he's probably not getting his job back after Lorenzo Taliaferro ran well again.

General News (Tue Oct 28): was a healthy inactive in Week 8 against the Cincinnati Bengals. Head coach John Harbaugh explained Sunday, Oct. 27, that he felt others gave the team a better chance to win. "We're just doing what we try to do as far as our personnel and getting guys up that we felt gave us the best chance to win the game," Harbaugh said. "We were jammed up. We did what we thought we had to do, and it worked out because our other backs stayed healthy."

Week 9: at Pittsburgh Steelers

Mark and Joe say: Tough matchup. Justin Forsett is the Ravens' lead back entering the second half of the season, but unfortunately he is pulled in red-zone/goal-line situations. Two weeks ago, Forsett rang up 23/95/0 rushing vs Atlanta, but Bernard Pierce (8/21/1 rushing) pushed in a one-yard score. Last weekend, Forsett gained 17/68/0 rushing and 3/17/0 receiving, but Lorenzo Taliaferro pushed in two scores, from 10 and eight yards out (7/27/2 rushing with 2/42/0 receiving). Forsett gets plenty of work but not much glory as the Ravens have set up their rushing attack this season. The last time these teams met (Week 2), Bernard Pierce was the lead back so a lot has changed since then. The Steelers' rush D allowed 10/63/1 to the Colts' runners last week, after surrendering 30/132/0 to Houston two games ago. To date, the Steelers are ranked 11th in the NFL averaging 107.8 yards rushing allowed per game, with seven rushing scores handed out this season. Forsett and company comprise a respectable rushing attack; the Steelers have an above-average rush D to bring to Heinz Field on Sunday Night Football. Advantage Pittsburgh.

Recent Stats and Projections

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5 at IND 4 30 0 0 0 0 0 0
6 at TB 15 32 1 0 0 0 0 0
7 vs ATL 8 21 1 1 0 0 0 0
9 at PIT PROJ-Dodds 3 * * 0 * * *
9 at PIT PROJ-Tremblay 3 * * 0 * * *
9 at PIT PROJ-Bloom 0 * * 0 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 6 vs TB (15 / 32 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Bernard Pierce started getting carries less than 2 minutes into the game. Baltimore's offense often calls for the back to work as a pass protector then as a safety valve for the quarterback. Pierce is clearly ahead of Taliaferro in this department. The Ravens trust Pierce's pass blocking and catching more so he should continue to receive more snaps and touches than him. Pierce had a mediocre game running the football. He didn't look as determined as he did against the Colts but still ran with pace and intention.

2014 Week 7 vs ATL (8 / 21 / 1 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Bernard Pierce is being used as the second running back behind Forsett. Pierce is used as the short yardage back including goal line carries. He also occasionally subs for a series of plays to give Forsett a rest. Pierce looks unspectacular in everything he does. He dowas stopped in short yardage, dropped a pass and did a poor job in pass protection. Forsett is in no danger of losing his job.

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Latest News

Ravens | Bernard Pierce is healthy (Sun Oct 26, 11:12 PM) - Baltimore Ravens RB Bernard Pierce was a healthy inactive in Week 8 against the Cincinnati Bengals. Head coach John Harbaugh explained Sunday, Oct. 27, that he felt others gave the team a better chance to win. 'We're just doing what we try to do as far as our personnel and getting guys up that we felt gave us the best chance to win the game,' Harbaugh said. 'We were jammed up. We did what we thought we had to do, and it worked out because our other backs stayed healthy.'

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Ravens | Ravens not moving Bernard Pierce (Sun Oct 26, 01:25 PM) - Baltimore Ravens RB Bernard Pierce is not on the trade block.

Our View: Because he wouldn't even bring a conditional late round pick in a trade at this point anyway.
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Ravens | Bernard Pierce inactive today (Sun Oct 26, 11:47 AM) - Baltimore Ravens RB Bernard Pierce is inactive Sunday, Oct. 26.

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Ravens | Week 8 Inactives (Sun Oct 26, 11:34 AM) - The Baltimore Ravens have declared LB Arthur Brown, RB Bernard Pierce, DL Chris Canty, CB Chykie Brown, C Gino Gradkowski, OT Jah Reid, TE Owen Daniels inactive for Week 8.

Our View: Lorenzo Taliaferro should get the change of pace and goal line carries at Cincinnati with Pierce out.

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Schedule

9@ Pittsburgh Steelers
10vs Tennessee Titans
11--- BYE WEEK ---
12@ New Orleans Saints
13vs San Diego Chargers
14@ Miami Dolphins
15vs Jacksonville Jaguars
16@ Houston Texans
17vs Cleveland Browns