Bernard Pierce RB BAL 2 Months

Ravens coach John Harbaugh suggested Bernard Pierce may be ahead of schedule in his recovery from January shoulder surgery.

The Ravens initially planned for Pierce to miss all pre-training camp activities, but he's performing individual drills at OTAs. "[He] may be a little bit ahead of schedule maybe," Harbaugh said. Pierce has a lot on the line with Ray Rice and rookie Lorenzo Taliaferro both incurring off-field issues. Still only 24, Pierce has a chance to open the season as Baltimore's lead running back.

Bernard Pierce RB BAL 2 Months

Bernard Pierce (shoulder) has been limited to individual drills in OTAs, but is expected to be ready for training camp.

Pierce underwent surgery in January. Despite his terrible 2013, Pierce remains locked in as the Ravens' No. 2 running back behind Ray Rice, and could have a big early-season role. Fourth-rounder Lorenzo Taliaferro is not yet a threat.

Bernard Pierce RB BAL 2 Months

Coach John Harbaugh reiterated Bernard Pierce (shoulder) will be ready for the start of training camp.

"You're probably looking at training camp for him, which shouldn't be an issue as long as you don't get a setback," Harbaugh said. Pierce has been allowed to "move around" at offseason workouts, but the Ravens are being careful with him. Pierce is a prime bounce back candidate after an unimpressive 2013.

Bernard Pierce RB BAL 3 Months

GM Ozzie Newsome said the Ravens planned to add one or two running backs even before Ray Rice's assault charges.

The Ravens poked around at free agent backs like LeGarrette Blount, but ended up only signing Justin Forsett. Expect them to address the position on Day 2 or 3 of next week's draft. Rice is facing a possible suspension, he produced cliff-diving tape last season and Bernard Pierce is coming off serious shoulder surgery.

Bernard Pierce RB BAL 4 Months1 Comment

Bernard Pierce (shoulder) confirmed he expects to be ready for training camp.

Pierce is three months removed from shoulder surgery and won't be available for OTAs. He remains on track with his mid-July timetable, but the Ravens haven't ruled out adding a running back in the draft or free agency. A strong fit in OC Gary Kubiak's zone-blocking scheme, Pierce could push for an even timeshare with Ray Rice this season.

Bernard Pierce RB BAL 5 Months

The Ravens new playbook emphasizes zone-blocking schemes.

The Ravens will be adjusting to new offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak's preferred style, not the other way around. It's another plus sign for Bernard Pierce, who drew some Arian Foster comparisons coming out of Temple thanks to his one-cut ability. Pierce was already trending up with Ray Rice looking old last season and now battling an ugly domestic situation.

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Bernard Pierce (shoulder) is expected to be ready for the start of training camp.

Pierce underwent rotator cuff surgery in January, but hasn't had any setbacks. He remains on track to be ready for camp and is a candidate to take on an expanded role in the running game with Ray Rice dealing with off-field issues. The Ravens plan to use a two-back system under new OC Gary Kubiak.

Bernard Pierce RB BAL 5 Months

New Ravens OC Gary Kubiak told the team's website he intends to utilize two running backs in his 2014 offense.

Kubiak also noted a similarity between Pierce and Arian Foster, to whom Pierce was commonly compared coming out of Temple. "Size wise, they're a lot alike," Kubiak observed. "I think in this league nowadays you need a couple of guys. It's hard to hand it to one guy 30 times a game; they just get worn down." Pierce is currently rehabbing from a pretty major rotator cuff surgery, though he's expected to be healthy before training camp.

Bernard Pierce RB BAL 6 Months

The Baltimore Sun reports Bernard Pierce will be sidelined 4-5 months after undergoing surgery Wednesday to repair the rotator cuff in his shoulder.

The surgery has been planned for awhile, but will limit Pierce's access to new OC Gary Kubiak in OTAs and any other pre-training camp activities. Pierce's status for camp is not in doubt. Still, it's fairly concerning for a player who took a major step back as a sophomore following a highly impressive rookie season. His YPC dipped from 4.92 to 2.86, failing to capitalize on Ray Rice's struggles. When healthy, Pierce projects as an outstanding fit in Kubiak's zone-run scheme. He needs to get on the field to have a realistic shot at stealing Rice's job.

Bernard Pierce RB BAL 7 Months

A source tells the Baltimore Sun that Bernard Pierce needs right shoulder surgery.

The surgery will be designed to repair Pierce's rotator cuff and it comes with 4-5 months of rehab. He's expected to go under the knife this month to ensure he's 100 percent for training camp. Battling through shoulder, hamstring, knee and toe injuries this season, Pierce rushed 152 times for 436 yards (2.86 YPC) and averaged just 1.8 yards after contact. He's capable of much more. As a rookie, Pierce averaged 4.92 YPC and 3.4 yards after contact. Getting back to 100 percent will go a long way toward an even timeshare and stealing even more carries from Ray Rice.