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Bernard Pierce: (Shoulder) Expected To Be Ready For Camp

Posted on February 22, 2014 at 2:22 PM

NEWS UPDATE

Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said that Pierce (shoulder) is expected to be ready for the first day of training camp, the Baltimore Sun reports.

ROTOWIRE FANTASY ANALYSIS

Pierce underwent surgery to repair his rotator cuff in late January, after struggling through a lousy season behind a borderline-incompetent offensive line. With Ray Rice coming off an equally disappointing season and now facing a domestic violence charge, the Ravens' backfield -- perceived as a strength heading into 2013 -- looks more than a little shaky. The team doesn't seem to have any intention of releasing Rice, as such an action would actually increase the running back's 2014 cap hit by $5.5 million. However, the NFL (or the Ravens) may decide to suspend Rice, and things don't look too good for the veteran running back given that the police reportedly have footage of him knocking his fiancee unconscious. With so much going on in terms of performance issues, off-the-field problems and injuries, it's hard to get a good read on the running back situation in Baltimore. Assuming his recovery goes as planned, Pierce may have the opportunity to take on an expanded role in 2014, on the heels of a 152-carry season. He produced a meager 2.9 yards per carry in 2013 after gaining 4.9 YPC (523 yards on 108 rushes) as a rookie in 2012. Pierce has the size-speed combination to be a starter in the NFL, but he's a mediocre receiver and isn't particularly elusive.

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