Bernard Pierce RB BAL 13 Hrs

Pierce was added to Thursday's injury report as a limited participant due to a thigh injury, ESPN.com reports.

Pierce wasn't on the injury report Wednesday, after rushing for 96 yards on 22 carries in a Week 2 win over the Steelers. Health permitting, he'll likely get a third consecutive start Sunday in Cleveland, though Justin Forsett will also compete for touches.

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Pierce, who started Thursday's game against the Steelers, carried 22 times for 96 yards in the Ravens' 26-6 win.

Pierce was benched in the Ravens' season opener after he fumbled at the team's 20-yard line in the second quarter of the contest, which paved the way for teammate Justin Forsett to record 70 yards on 11 carries and catch five passes for 14 yards in the game. On Thursday, however, Pierce resumed his duties as the team's lead back, an assignment he should retain, assuming his health, with Forsett (who recorded eight carries for 56 yards and four catches for 16 yards Thursday) in line to work in a complementary role in the Ravens' backfield.

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Coach John Harbaugh declined to name a starting running back for Thursday's game against the Steelers, ESPN.com reports. When asked who would start the contest, Harbaugh noted, "Bernard Pierce, Justin Forsett -- they'll both play a lot. Lorenzo Taliaferro will be a big part of it, too."

Pierce's second quarter fumble in Week 1 led to added opportunities for Justin Forsett, who responded with 70 yards on 11 carries in Sunday's contest. Given that it was the first fumble of his career though, Pierce figures to get a chance to bounce back in Week 2, with some form of time-share -- where Harbaugh goes with the hot hand -- a plausible outcome.

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Pierce's teammate, Ray Rice, has been released by the Ravens.

Pierce was benched Sunday after he fumbled at the Ravens' 20-yard line in the second quarter of the contest, which paved the way for teammate Justin Forsett to record 70 yards on 11 carries and catch five passes for 14 yards. While the team's RB pecking order going forward remains fluid, with Rice no longer in the mix, Pierce presumably will have a chance to atone for his fumble in the coming weeks, though Forsett's solid effort in Week 1 could lead to some form of backfield time-share in Thursday's game against the Steelers.

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Pierce carried six times for 14 yards with a fumble in Sunday's 23-16 loss to the Bengals.

ESPN.com relays that coach John Harbaugh confirmed that Pierce was benched after he fumbled at the Ravens' 20-yard line in the second quarter of the contest, which paved the way for Justin Forsett to rack up 70 yards on 11 carries and catch fives passes for 14 yards. "We're not too enamored with fumbles," Harbaugh said. "It's not what we're looking for from our running backs." It remains to be seen how the Ravens divide their carries Thursday against the Steelers, but for now, hopes that Pierce might seize a grip on the team's starting assignment in the absence of Ray Rice, have been dashed.

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Pierce (concussion) is active for Sunday's game against the Bengals.

By practicing in full throughout the week, Pierce erased any doubt that he'd be available for the Ravens' season opener. With Ray Rice (suspension) set to miss the first two games of the season, Pierce figures to be the team's top option at running back during that time, though both Justin Forsett and rookie Lorenzo Taliaferro could also factor into the Ravens' backfield mix.

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Pierce (concussion) is probable for Sunday's game against the Bengals, the Ravens' official website reports.

A full practice participant throughout the week, Pierce is set to make his second career start, despite suffering a minor concussion in the second-to-last preseason game. He's expected to carry most of the workload against Cincinnati, but both Justin Forsett and Lorenzo Taliaferro figure to be mixed in. Though he has an excellent opportunity while Ray Rice (suspension) is out for the first two games, Pierce will have to kick things off against a Bengals defense that has been stout since 2011. To be fair, the massive talent gap between Cincy's front seven and the Baltimore offensive line does seem to have closed quite a bit since last season.

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Pierce (concussion) practiced fully Wednesday, the Baltimore Sun reports.

Pierce, who suffered a concussion in the Ravens' third preseason game, passed a baseline neurological test and thus appears on track to suit up Sunday against the Bengals. With Ray Rice slated to miss the Ravens' first two games due to a suspension, Pierce is slated to start at running back for the team out of the gate, a scenario that provides him with early-season fantasy utility in most formats.

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Pierce (concussion) has passed all NFL mandated concussion protocols, the Baltimore Sun reports.

Pierce suffered a concussion during the team's third preseason game and was held out of the last preseason game of the year. After passing these tests though, it appears very likely that Pierce will be ready to go for the Ravens' season opener against the Bengals on Sunday. He figures to be the focal point of Baltimore's rushing attack, at least until veteran Ray Rice returns from suspension in week three.

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Pierce (concussion) is practicing Saturday, the Baltimore Sun reports.

Pierce suffered a mild concussion during last Saturday's preseason game against the Redskins, and all reports since have indicated that he'll likely play in the Ravens' opener. With Ray Rice suspended for the first two weeks of the season, Pierce figures to start and get most of the touches in Week 1 against the Bengals and Week 2 against the Steelers. Should he impress, Pierce may have a larger role than previously expected upon Rice's return to the offense.