Bernard Pierce RB BAL 2 Months

Pierce had eight carries for 31 yards in Sunday's 21-7 win over the Titans.

One week after Lorenzo Taliaferro lost a crucial fumble, Pierce worked as the primary backup to Justin Forsett, who finished with a 20-112-2 rushing line. Taliaferro did end up with three carries but didn't have any until the fourth quarter. Though he had the larger role Sunday, Pierce isn't assured of the same when the Ravens come out of a Week 11 bye. He's been the team's least impressive pure runner this season, and has never offered much in terms of receiving or pass blocking. On a more encouraging note, he could get some goal-line carries if he stays ahead of Taliaferro in the pecking order. No opportunities came up Sunday, as Forsett scored from 11 and nine yards out.

Bernard Pierce RB BAL 2 Months

Pierce is active for Sunday night's game against the Steelers.

Pierce is active Sunday after being a healthy scratch last week against the Bengals, but we'd like to see him turn in a full and productive outing before recommending him as a fantasy lineup option.

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Pierce is listed as inactive for Sunday's game against the Bengals.

With Pierce scratched Sunday, the Ravens' Week 8 backfield will be headed by Justin Forsett and Lorenzo Taliaferro.

Bernard Pierce RB BAL 2 Months

Pierce had eight carries for 21 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 29-7 win over the Falcons.

Pierce scored a short touchdown for the second straight week, and he again got more work than Lorenzo Taliaferro, who managed just three yards on four carries. While Justin Forsett remains the clear top option for all other situations, the bulkier Pierce seems to be the Ravens' first choice for short-yardage spots. However, it's still not entirely clear, as the sample size has been limited by the team's propensity for longer scoring plays.

Bernard Pierce RB BAL 2 Months

Pierce had 32 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries in Sunday's 48-17 win over Tampa Bay.

Nine of Pierce's carries came in the second half of a blowout, after Justin Forsett got most of the first half work on his way to a 14-111-0 rushing line. Rookie Lorenzo Taliaferro also chipped in, finishing with two carries for 29 yards and two receptions for 18 yards. Forsett remains the clear leader of Baltimore's three-headed backfield, but Sunday's performance was still encouraging for Pierce, as he easily out-touched Taliaferro, and also got the only goal-line carry.

Bernard Pierce RB BAL 3 Months

IPierce (thigh) had four carries for 30 yards in Sunday's 20-13 loss to the Colts.

Justin Forsett had six carries, with rookie Lorenzo Taliaferro pitching in five. While Pierce looked healthy on his four touches, he was just one piece of a three-headed backfield, and didn't see any work on passing downs. Forsett accounted for all eight of the trio's targets, which isn't particularly surprising. Pierce might have a chance to get more carries by cutting into Taliaferro's work, but the third-year runner can't match Forsett when it comes to receiving and pass blocking. Furthermore, the Ravens seem to prefer Taliaferro over Pierce in short-yardage situations.

Bernard Pierce RB BAL 3 Months

Pierce (thigh) is listed as active for Sunday's game against the Colts.�

While Pierce is in uniform Sunday, with Justin Forsett and Lorenzo Taliaferro also in the Ravens' running back mix, he's not a high-percentage fantasy play until he reestablishes his role in the team's rushing attack.

Bernard Pierce RB BAL 3 Months

Pierce (thigh) is listed as probable for Sunday's game against the Colts, the Ravens' official site reports.

After a full week of practice, Pierce is presumably healthy enough to log some action Sunday against the Colts, but with Justin Forsett and Lorenzo Taliaferro also in the team's running back mix, Pierce is not a high-percentage play until he re-establishes a role in the Ravens' backfield.

Bernard Pierce RB BAL 3 Months

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

Though listed as active, Pierce was held out of action in Week 4 as a precaution, but even if he is healthy enough to log action Sunday against the Colts, a wait-and-see approach is in order, with Justin Forsett (now listed ahead of Pierce in the Ravens' posted depth chart) and Lorenzo Taliaferro also in the team's running back mix.

Bernard Pierce RB BAL 3 Months

Pierce (thigh) said after Sunday's game that he was held out as a precaution to avoid further aggravating his injury, CSN Baltimore's Bo Smolka reports.

The Ravens may have just activated Pierce to serve as an emergency replacement, but it's still hard for fantasy owners to have any confidence in his role, after watching Justin Forsett and Lorenzo Taliaferro combine for 124 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 29 carries. The duo has been very effective in Pierce's absence, and Baltimore's running back situation is among the most fluid in the league. Pierce did have a team-high 22 carries for 96 yards in a Week 2 win over the Steelers, but both Forsett and Taliaferro have looked better this season. While Forsett is locked in as the top back for passing downs, Pierce could perhaps return to some kind of early-down role in Week 5 against the Colts.