by Dave Peters | CBSSports.com
Report: Jaguars claim RB Bernard Pierce off waivers
Running back Bernard Pierce was claimed off of waivers by the Jaguars on Thursday, according to the Florida Times-Union. He carries a base salary of $660,000 for 2015. Pierce was recently waived by the Ravens after he was arrested and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol on Wednesday morning. In three seasons with the team he racked up 1,334 yards on 353 carries with five touchdowns.
by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
Ravens release RB Bernard Pierce
The Ravens announced they've released running back Bernard Pierce, who was arrested early Wednesday morning and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol. Pierce, 23, played three seasons for Baltimore, averaging 3.8 yards per carry and rushing for five total touchdowns. Pierce was the third Ravens player arrested -- and released -- this offseason. According to Baltimore County police, Pierce failed field sobriety tests after getting pulled over for speeding. The Ravens will enter 2015 with Justin Forsett and Lorenzo Taliaferro as their top two running backs.
by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
Report: RB Bernard Pierce charged with DUI
Ravens running back Bernard Pierce was arrested early Wednesday morning and charged with driving under the influence, the Baltimore County police told the Baltimore Sun. Pierce was pulled over for speeding just before 2 a.m. and failed field sobriety tests, police said. "We are aware of the situation and learning more about it. We take these matters seriously," Ravens spokesman Chad Steele told the paper.
by Brandon Wise | Staff Writer
Ravens running game does little in win over Pittsburgh Saturday
Ravens running back Justin Forsett had 16 carries for just 36 yards and a fumble in Saturday's 30-17 win over the Steelers. Forsett struggled to get going in the game, with a long run of 14 yards. Backup Bernard Pierce got the nod on the goal line and converted for a 5-yard touchdown. Forsett also had a costly turnover when he fumbled in the third quarter, which led to a Pittsburgh touchdown. The Ravens will look to get the running game going in the divisional round of the playoffs against the Patriots next week.
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
Ravens list Chris Canty as questionable for Week 16
The Ravens listed defensive lineman Chris Canty (ankle) as questionable for Sunday's game at Houston. Canty has not been able to practice all week. The Ravens listed the following players as probable: Owen Daniels, Will Hill, Jacoby Jones, Anthony Levine, Kelechi Osemele, Bernard Pierce, Daryl Smith and Terrell Suggs. The Ravens are 5-point favorites.
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
Ravens receive contributions from several role players in Week 13
The Ravens received some contributions from several role players during Sunday's 34-33 defeat to the Chargers in Week 13. With Steve Smith held in check and Torrey Smith injured late, Kamar Aiken and Jacoby Jones stepped up in the aerial attack. Aiken came down with three of his four targets for 51 yards and Jones caught all two passes thrown his way for 35 yards. Owen Daniels hauled in two passes for 30 yards. Meanwhile in the running game, Bernard Pierce carried the ball six times for 16 yards and was held without a grab in the passing game despite being targerted once.
by Michael Hurcomb | Fantasy Writer
Ravens' Pierce, Taliaferro combine for 41 rushing yards Week 10
Ravens running backs Bernard Pierce and Lorenzo Taliaferro combined for 41 rushing yards during a 21-7 win Week 10 vs. Tennessee. Pierce had 31 rushing yards on eight carries, while Taliaferro added 10 rushing yards on three carries. Starting running back Justin Forsett led the rushing attack Sunday with 112 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries. Although, Forsett, Pierce and Taliferro combined for no catches. The Ravens are on a bye Week 11 before returning to action Week 12 at New Orleans.
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
Lorenzo Taliaferro the new vulture for Justin Forsett
When the Ravens listed a perfectly healthy Bernard Pierce among their inactives for Week 8 at Cincinnati, it probably seemed like good news for Justin Forsett owners. Pierce had been a thorn in their sides, short-changing Forsett with a short touchdown run each of the last two weeks. But Forsett wasn't the one to benefit from Pierce's absence. Lorenzo Taliaferro was, scoring not just one touchdown but two -- and both on runs of more than 5 yards. Forsett was still the primary rusher, getting 17 carries to Taliaferro's seven, and he got a chance from the Bengals' 2-yard line in the first quarter. But when he failed with it, the Ravens seemed all the more inclined to go with Taliaferro inside the 10-yard line. Taliaferro may be even more of a danger to Forsett than Pierce was. The Ravens trusted Pierce in short-yardage situations, but with an average of just 3.6 yards per carry, he wasn't a threat to break a long one. With Sunday's performance, Taliaferro is averaging 4.4 yards per carry, and again, neither of his touchdowns came at the goal line. It doesn't mean you sit Forsett in Fantasy. He's been pretty reliable no matter who the Ravens have paired with him. But he's not as safe as he appeared to be at this time last week. And Taliaferro is worth adding on his own merit.
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
Ravens announce Week 8 inactives vs. Bengals
The Ravens have listed the following players as inactive for Sunday's Week 8 matchup with the Bengals: tight end Owen Daniels (wrist), defensive lineman Chris Canty (wrist), running back Bernard Pierce, cornerback Chykie Brown, linebacker Arthur Brown and offensive linemen Gino Gradkowski and Jah Reid. Pierce's de-activation comes as a surprise, but he's averaged 2.1 and 2.6 yards per carry in the team's last two games, though he's scored a touchdown in each. The Ravens' goal-line looks could shift to Lorenzo Taliaferro with Pierce unavailable. Daniels and Canty had already been ruled out, but the Ravens are otherwise very healthy heading into the key matchup against the Bengals. Four players listed as probable are active for the game, including Steve Smith (not injury related), linebacker Daryl Smith (not injury related) and offensive linemen Eugene Monroe (knee) and Kelechi Osemele (knee).
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
Justin Forsett breaks away from the pack
Even though he rushed for 95 yards, Justin Forsett's performance Week 7 against the Falcons may seem a little underwhelming to Fantasy owners given that he was the CBSSports.com Start of the Week. After all, he didn't score a touchdown or catch a pass after contributing in both of those areas in previous weeks. But even more encouraging than his actual production in Week 7 is the fact that he carried the ball 23 times, nearly three times as often as any other Ravens running back. That's a starter's workload, and by giving it to him, the Ravens confirmed once and for all that they see Forsett filling that role. It may have seemed like a given thanks to Forsett's production, but he actually had one fewer carry than Bernard Pierce in Week 6 and split the workload almost evenly with Pierce and Lorenzo Taliaferro in Week 5. Pierce did vulture a touchdown from Forsett in this one, but eight carries for 21 yards confirm he's now only second in the pecking order. With this performance, Forsett only deserves more of your trust going forward, not less. Keep him active for what's actually a favorable matchup Week 8 at Cincinnati.