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30 Bernard Pierce RB
Height/Weight: 6-0/230 | Birthdate: 5/10/1991 | Birthplace: Ardmore, PA, USA | Team: Baltimore | College: Temple | NFL Experience: 3 | Owned/Started%: 84/29 | Average Draft Position: 122.62
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Bernard Pierce limited Thursday due to thigh injury


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4:02 pm ET) Ravens running back Bernard Pierce was added to the practice report Thursday with a thigh injury. He was listed as a limited participant as the Ravens prepare to play the Browns Week 3.

Bernard Pierce receives the bulk of the carries Week 2


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/12/2014) Ravens running back Bernard Pierce was the bellcow Week 2 against the Steelers.

Pierce carried the ball 22 times for 96 yards. He also caught one pass for 7 yards during the contest. Despite the decent performance, Pierce couldn't manage a touchdown. Pierce was the primary ball carrier on the team's first drive, but was replaced by Justin Forsett at the goal line. Forsett failed to convert his goal line carry. Pierce would receive four carries within five yards of the goal line during the rest of the game, but failed to score on any of them.

Pierce will take on the Browns Week 3. 


Coach: 'Bernard Pierce is a big part of what we're doing'


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9/10/2014) Ravens coach John Harbaugh said running back Bernard Pierce remains in the team's plans at running back, despite Pierce sitting the second half Week 1 against the Bengals after losing a fumble in the second quarter.

Harbaugh said Pierce's fumble opened the door for Justin Forsett, whose production against Cincinnati kept Pierce on the sideline after halftime.

"You don’t lose faith in a player because of a bad play," Harbaugh said, per ESPN. "Bernard is still on his way to becoming, I would say, a very good player, and I’ve been saying that all along. I have the utmost confidence in him. He’s going to fight and battle. He’s not going to be perfect -- none of us are -- but Bernard Pierce is a big part of what we’re doing, just as are Justin [and] Lorenzo [Taliaferro] as well."


Bernard Pierce put on notice about fumbling


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(9/9/2014) Ravens coach John Harbaugh acknowledged that he benched running back Bernard Pierce because of his second-quarter fumble Week 1. Pierce did not get back in the game.

"We're not too enamored with fumbles," Harbaugh told the team's website. "It's not what we're looking for from our running backs."

Pierce finished with 14 yards on six carries as his replacement, Justin Forsett, shined. Harbaugh did not say who would start Thursday against Pittsburgh, though he said both backs would play a lot and rookie Lorenzo Taliaferro would mix in too.


Bernard Pierce, Justin Forsett 'will both play a lot'


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(9/8/2014) Asked which running back will start Thursday against the Steelers, Ravens coach John Harbaugh told reporters: "Bernard Pierce, Justin Forsett will both play a lot. Lorenzo Taliaferro will be involved as well."

Forsett led the way Week 1 with 11 carries for 70 yards and five catches for 14 yards. Pierce was benched after losing a fumble.


Bernard Pierce well worth adding, possibly starting


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/8/2014) Bernard Pierce was unowned in 24 percent of CBSSports.com leagues as of Monday afternoon. Expect that number to go up following the release of Ray Rice. But don't expect Pierce to break out in a major way, particularly following a game in which he was benched for his first-ever fumble. 

Look for Pierce to be given a chance to work as the Ravens' running downs back for the foreseeable future. He'll carry some value as a low-end No. 2 Fantasy rusher, especially on a short week when he plays the Steelers. Running backs tend to play well on Thursday games. 


Bernard Pierce disappears after fumble


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/7/2014) Ravens running back Bernard Pierce got the start in Week 1 against the Bengals Sunday, but made almost no impact in the 23-16 loss.

Pierce opened the game as the No. 1 back, but found himself out of the game after his second quarter fumble. He did not touch the ball again, finishing with 14 yards on six carries, and did not factor into the passing game.

Pierce's role moving forward is now in doubt after Sunday's game, but the Ravens will still be without Ray Rice again in Week 2. They face the Steelers Thursday night. 


Bernard Pierce takes the field for opener


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/7/2014) Ravens running back Bernard Pierce is active and in the starting lineup for Sunday's game against the Bengals, after overcoming a concussion suffered in the preseason. He was listed as probable on the injury report for Sunday's game, after clearing the concussion protocol and getting through the week in practice. 

Bernard Pierce officially probable for Week 1


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/5/2014) Ravens running back Bernard Pierce got through another practice session Friday, and seems all set to return from a concussion in Week 1 against the Bengals Sunday.

Pierce was cleared to return from a concussion earlier in the week, and made it through the week in practice without limitations. He is officially listed on the injury report for Week 1 as probable, and should get the start Sunday.  


Bernard Pierce on track for season opener vs. Bengals


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/5/2014) Ravens running back Bernard Pierce practiced again on Friday and was officially listed a probable for Week 1 against Cincinnati. Pierce suffered a concussion in a preseason game against the Redskins. Pierce is expected to be the starter while Ray Rice is sidelined serving a two-game suspension.

Bernard Pierce practices in full again Thursday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9/4/2014) Ravens running back Bernard Pierce (concussion) was a full participant in practice for a second straight day Thursday. The Ravens host the Bengals Week 1.

Bernard Pierce a full participant Wednesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/3/2014) Ravens running back Bernard Pierce was a full participant in practice Wednesday.

Pierce has been dealing with a concussion, but was cleared Tuesday. The fact that he was able to get through Wednesday's full practice bodes well for him starting Week 1. 


Bernard Pierce faces tough matchup in season opener


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/3/2014) Even though he opens the season as the starter with Ray Rice suspended, Fantasy owners aren't exactly thrilled about the prospects of starting Bernard Pierce in Week 1. With a tough matchup on the way against the Bengals, it doesn't seem like Pierce is likely to make anyone regret overlooking him this Sunday.

The Bengals allowed just 13.8 Fantasy points per game to opposing running backs last season, and Pierce was basically invisible in two matchups against them. Pierce had just seven Fantasy points over those two games, while racking up a total of just 89 yards on the ground and in the air.

The good news for Pierce is he did put together a solid performance in his lone career start last season, logging 12 Fantasy points while scoring one of his two touchdowns a year ago. However, the matchup against a tough Bengals defense that allowed just six touchdowns to running backs a year ago could lead to a long day for him and his Fantasy owners this Sunday.

Pierce falls just inside the top-30 among running backs in our expert rankings for Week 1, and should be considered more of a low-end Fantasy starter. 


Bernard Pierce passes tests, ready for Week 1


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(9/3/2014) Ravens running back Bernard Pierce passed the NFL's concussion protocol and practiced Tuesday as the team began preparations for Week 1 against the Bengals, reports the Baltimore Sun. Pierce suffered the concussion in the third preseason game.

With Ray Rice suspended, Pierce will start Sunday.


Bernard Pierce back at practice for Ravens


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/30/2014) Ravens running back Bernard Pierce returned to practice Saturday after missing the week with a concussion sustained last Saturday against Washington.

Pierce was among the notable backs that struggled for Baltimore in 2013. He rushed for just 2.9 YPC on 152 carries.


Bernard Pierce sits out again


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/26/2014) Ravens running back Bernard Pierce missed Tuesday's practice as he continues to recover from a concussion, reports ESPN.com.

Concussion confirmed for Bernard Pierce


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/25/2014) Ravens running back Bernard Pierce has a mild concussion, coach John Harbaugh told ESPN.com. Pierce did not practice Monday but is expected to be ready for the regular-season opener.

Bernard Pierce held out


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/25/2014) Ravens running back Bernard Pierce, who sustained a head injury Saturday against the Redskins, is not practicing Monday, reports the Baltimore Sun. Pierce tweeted Sunday that he's "fine."

It's still unclear if Pierce suffered a concussion.


Bernard Pierce says he's fine


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/24/2014) Ravens running back Bernard Pierce, who left Saturday's game with a head injury, tweeted that he's "fine," reports the Baltimore Sun. Pierce went through the concussion protocol following the hit.

With Ray Rice suspended for two games, Pierce is on track to start the regular-season opener against the Bengals.


Bernard Pierce exits preseason game with head injury


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/23/2014) Ravens backup running back Bernard Pierce got the start but left early with an apparent head injury Saturday against Washington in preseason play.

Pierce struggled early on and was stuffed on a fourth-and-1 on the opening drive, turning the ball over. He then took a shot by Brandon Merriweather on the third series and was escorted back to the locker room for further evaluation. He had four carries for minus-3 yards and one catch for 3 yards before leaving the game.

Ravens establishing themselves as run-first team


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/20/2014) Under new offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak, the Ravens have a different mindset and plan to be a run-first team again, reports ESPN.com. The revamped offensive line has pushed defenders off the line, and running backs Ray Rice and Bernard Pierce "are lighter, and as a result, more explosive," the report said.

Baltimore leads the NFL with 194 rushing yards in the preseason, 69 more than any other team.


Bernard Pierce showing power, consistency


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/18/2014) Ravens running back Bernard Pierce ran with "power and decisiveness" against the Cowboys on Saturday, and he's been very consistent through two preseason games, reports ESPN.com. Pierce is averaging 5.4 yards per carry. Nearly half of his 17 rushes have produced more than 4 yards.

Bernard Pierce racks up 55 yards vs. Cowboys


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/16/2014) Ravens running back Bernard Pierce rushed for 55 yards on just sevn carries in Saturday's 37-30 preseason win over the Cowboys.

Pierce entered halftime with just 25 yards but returned to the field on the first drive of the second half and ripped off a 30-yard run in his last touch of the night. He didn't haul in his only target in the passing game. Pierce is looking at a large workload over the team's first two regular-season games with Ray Rice out, and his playing time upon the return of Rice will likely depend on what he does in those two games.


Bernard Pierce got 'blown up' in pass protection drills


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/10/2014) Ravens running back Bernard Pierce got "blown up in individual pass protection drills against the 49ers' linebackers, beaten badly three straight times and left doubled over, while [coach John] Harbaugh happened to be standing literally right next to him watching," reports CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora.

La Canfora made the observation at a joint Ravens-49ers practice. La Canfora believes Ray Rice will get the bulk of the carries upon his return from a two-game suspension.


Bernard Pierce gets heavy workload


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/7/2014) Ravens running back Bernard Pierce ran 10 times for 37 yards, including a 2-yard touchdown, in the preseason opener against the 49ers. Pierce and Ray Rice shared time with the starters.

Pierce's longest run went 8 yards. Baltimore is prepping Pierce to start the season's first two games while Rice is suspended.