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Bernard Pierce | Running Back

Team: Baltimore Ravens
Age / DOB:  (23) / 5/10/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 230
College: Temple
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Bernard Pierce (thigh) is listed as questionable for Week 3 at Cleveland.
Pierce did practice on a limited basis Friday, which indicates he's more likely than not to suit up against the Browns. Still, it's fair to wonder if an injury to Pierce could be the opening rookie Lorenzo Taliaferro needs to grab playing time. Pierce was ineffective for most of last Thursday night's game, before racking up garbage-time yards. Justin Forsett remains a change-up back. Sep 19 - 3:48 PM

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Bernard Pierce was added to the Ravens' injury report on Thursday, getting in a limited session with a thigh issue.

Mid-week additions to the injury report are never good news, but we haven't come across any real reason to be concerned about Pierce's Week 3 status. We still expect him to lead the Ravens' committee against the Browns, with Justin Forsett mixing in frequently as a change-of-pace back. Pierce is a borderline RB2.
Sep 18 - 4:07 PM

Bernard Pierce got the start in Baltimore's Week 2 win over the Steelers, rushing 22 times for 96 yards with a seven-yard reception.

Pierce was clearly the leader of the Ravens' committee, starting over Justin Forsett and touching the ball on seven of Baltimore's first nine plays. He didn't do a whole heck of a lot before garbage time, however, notching 20 of his yards on two meaningless final carries with the Ravens winning 26-6 with less than two minutes remaining. Pierce got the rock four times inside the Steelers' five-yard line, but failed to find the end zone. With that pessimism out of the way, Pierce will undoubtedly start against the Browns in Week 3. He'll be on the RB2 borderline, and a viable FLEX play.
Sep 11 - 11:44 PM

ESPN Ravens reporter Jamison Hensley still expects Bernard Pierce to lead the team in carries this season.

Despite his Week 1 benching, coach John Harbaugh said Pierce remains a big part of the plans at running back. "You don’t lose faith in a player because of a bad play," Harbaugh said. "Bernard is still on his way to becoming, I would say, a very good player." While Justin Forsett may get the start Thursday night against the Steelers, the Ravens know the undersized scatback can't carry a full load. Pierce can at 6'/230. Long-term, Pierce is the back to own in fantasy.
Source: ESPN.com
Sep 10 - 9:26 AM

Speaking Tuesday, Ravens coach John Harbaugh said Bernard Pierce will remain a big part of the offense.

Puzzlingly, Harbaugh also claimed Pierce wasn't benched for his fumble in Sunday's loss one day after basically admitting that he was. Either way, the Ravens can't afford to bury Pierce on the depth chart behind journeyman scatback Justin Forsett. Forsett will get the first crack against the Steelers on Thursday, but the Ravens will be going with a committee, one where they'll be looking for a hot hand to emerge. Owners need to hold on to Pierce.
Sep 9 - 7:57 PM

Ravens coach John Harbaugh declined to name a starting running back Monday.

"Bernard Pierce, Justin Forsett -- they'll both play a lot. Lorenzo Taliaferro will be a big part of it, too." Pierce started the opener, but shared snaps evenly with Forsett until he lost a fumble and was benched. ESPN Ravens reporter Jamison Hensley expects a hot hand approach and also notes that Forsett "deserves" the first shot after playing so well in the loss at Cincy. This is a very difficult situation to project, but we'd bet on Forsett getting the most snaps and touches against the Steelers Thursday night. Pierce should get back in the mix on early downs and the intriguing Taliaferro is waiting in the wings for his chance.
Source: ESPN.com
Sep 9 - 10:48 AM

Coach John Harbaugh confirmed that Bernard Pierce was benched for fumbling in Sunday's Week 1 loss to the Bengals.

Pierce coughed up the ball on his sixth carry of the day and then watched as Justin Forsett seized the opportunity that was supposed to be his. "We're not too enamored with fumbles. It's not what we're looking for from our running backs," Harbaugh said. The benching seemed harsh, especially considering it was the first fumble of Pierce's career. He may have to earn his job back from the scatback-ish Forsett now, but we're not dropping him. He's a 23-year-old that profiles as a feature back, and Ray Rice has been released.
Sep 8 - 2:59 PM

Bernard Pierce was benched after losing a fumble on his sixth carry of Sunday's Week 1 loss to the Bengals, finishing with 14 yards on six runs.

He was not targeted in the passing game. The Ravens turned their backfield over to Justin Forsett, who capitalized with 16 touches for 84 yards and a touchdown. If Pierce doesn't get another opportunity Thursday night against the Steelers, he may be worth dropping in 10- and 12-team leagues. Pierce needed to star in the first two weeks lock up Baltimore's backfield with Ray Rice returning in Week 3. Instead, Pierce fell flat on his face, which is very good news for Rice's fantasy owners.
Sep 7 - 4:44 PM

Bernard Pierce (concussion) is listed as probable for Week 1.

He's been medically cleared and practiced fully every day this week. To see where Pierce lands in Rotoworld's Week 1 Rankings, click the link below.
Sep 5 - 2:36 PM

Bernard Pierce (concussion) remained "full" in Thursday's practice.

Pierce is ready to start Sunday's game against the Bengals. Coming off a season every bit as rough as Ray Rice's, Pierce will be a borderline RB2 as he anchors the Ravens' rushing attack.
Sep 4 - 4:15 PM

ESPN Ravens reporter Jamison Hensley admits the team will have a "difficult decision" if Bernard Pierce is productive in the first two weeks.

No one really knows what's going to happen when Ray Rice's two-game ban is over. Pierce can lay claim to the lead part of a committee by playing well in two intra-division home games (CIN, PIT). But if he falters, Hensley says "he may play out the final two years of his deal as a backup." Throughout camp, Pierce been labeled as the Ravens' back most comfortable and effective in Gary Kubiak's one-cut scheme.
Source: ESPN.com
Sep 4 - 10:34 AM

Bernard Pierce (concussion) was a full participant in Wednesday's practice.

Pierce has passed his concussion protocols and is cleared to play this week. The Ravens' injury report lists Pierce as probable for Sunday's game.
Sep 3 - 4:20 PM

Bernard Pierce has cleared the concussion protocols.

Pierce, who resumed practicing on Saturday following his preseason concussion, has passed baseline testing. He'll be a full go against the Bengals this week and will be the unquestioned feature back with Ray Rice suspended. An ideal fit for new OC Gary Kubiak's one-cut scheme, Pierce makes for a reasonable RB2. He'll be backed up by Justin Forsett.
Sep 3 - 9:49 AM

Bernard Pierce (concussion) resumed practicing Saturday.

Pierce is exactly seven days removed from his concussion. He's now firmly on track to be ready for Week 1, where he'll start in place of Ray Rice (suspension). Pierce, a nice fit for Gary Kubiak's one-cut scheme, rushed 11 times for 52 yards and caught one pass for three yards on 37 preseason snaps.
Aug 30 - 12:23 PM

Bernard Pierce has been officially diagnosed with a concussion.

The team says it's "mild," but there's no such thing. Regardless, his symptoms are "relatively minor," and it doesn't sound like he's staring at a lengthy absence. Pierce should be ready to start in Ray Rice's absence in Weeks 1 and 2.
Aug 25 - 3:42 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Joe Flacco
2Tyrod Taylor
RB1Bernard Pierce
2Justin Forsett
3Lorenzo Taliaferro
GLB1Bernard Pierce
2Lorenzo Taliaferro
3RB1Justin Forsett
2Bernard Pierce
FB1Kyle Juszczyk
WR11Torrey Smith
2Jacoby Jones
3Deonte Thompson
4Kamar Aiken
WR21Steve Smith
2Marlon Brown
3Michael Campanaro
WR31Jacoby Jones
TE1Dennis Pitta
2Owen Daniels
3Crockett Gillmore
K1Justin Tucker