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Bernard Pierce hoping for another shot after being scratched against Bengals

Ravens running back Bernard Pierce said he's maintaining his patience after being a healthy scratch on Sunday during a loss to the Cincinnati Bengals.

It marked the third time this year that Pierce has been inactive, the first time without an injury.

"I wasn't down for my performance," Pierce said. "It was just because of our situation with other players."

Pierce has rushed for 196 yards and two touchdowns on 55 carries, averaging 3.6 yards per run.

Pierce was originally the starter as the replacement for Ray Rice, but was benched in the season-opening loss to the Bengals when he lost a fumble. He rushed for a season-high 96 yards against the Pittsburgh Steelers, this Sunday night's opponent, before being sidelined the next two games with a strained quadriceps.

Despite the difficult season, Pierce says he's upbeat and confident he'll get another opportunity.

"I'm not stressing it at all," Pierce said. "I'll get my shot."

Starting running back Justin Forsett, who didn't practice on...

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Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith says Vontaze Burfict is a 'dirty' player

Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith on Wednesday faintly praised Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict for not hitting him as hard as he could while Smith stood prone with a possible concussion after an interception on Sunday, but not before echoing the widely-held NFL sentiment that Burfict is a dirty player.

“It could have been a lot worse watching the video,” Smith said. “That’s the one time. As a dirty of a player as I think he is — he’s a heck of a player — he’s a dirty one, too. He definitely held up. He has some good to him.”

Smith was doubled over and holding his head, a stationary figure in the flat as Bengals cornerback Adam Jones returned Joe Flacco’s second interception of the game, when Burfict ran out of his way to block him.

Burfict was fined $25,000 after the league determined he was targeting injured players’ ankles after tackles against the Carolina Panthers in Week 6. He was also fined for hitting a defenseless receiver last year, and striking former Ravens...

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Chris Canty happy to return after wrist surgery to remove staph infection

It has been an extremely difficult month for Ravens defensive end Chris Canty as he spent the majority of it in a hospital while recovering from wrist surgery to remove a staph infection.

Canty returned to practice Wednesday for the first time since missing the past four games because of an infection that started in his thumb. He said he's now infection-free.

"It was really an infection that went in through my thumb and kind of lodged in my wrist," Canty said. "That's the situation. Staph infection is a crazy thing. They were able to clean it out. I don't have any infection in my body anymore. I'm just glad to be back to football.

"It's great to be back out there with my guys. was frustrating for me not to be able to take part and really spend the better part of October in a hospital. I'm just glad to really get back to football. I'm thankful for the opportunity to be a part of this football team and get back to work. It's a big week for us."

Back after missing games against the...

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Ravens' Daniels and Canty return to practice; Webb, Suggs, Forsett sidelined

Ravens veterans Owen Daniels and Chris Canty returned to practice Wednesday.

Daniels was limited after missing Sunday's 27-24 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery. Canty participated fully after being out the past four games after undergoing wrist surgery.

Several players weren't practicing as the Ravens went outside for the conclusion of their practice after starting with a special-teams workout on their indoor practice field.

That list includes cornerback Lardarius Webb, who finished the game Sunday and was jogging around on the side Wednesday without apparent difficulty. Webb said he was "just chilling" and was being given a day of rest.

Outside linebacker Terrell Suggs (neck) and defensive tackle Haloti Ngata (shin), who are typically among the last players to arrive for the start of practice, were also missing from practice Wednesday.

Rookie wide receiver Michael Campanaro (pulled hamstring), running back Justin Forsett, who was limping after...

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Former Ravens CB Domonique Foxworth named COO of NBPA

Former Ravens and Maryland cornerback Domonique Foxworth has been named chief operating officer of the National Basketball Players Association.

Foxworth was previously the president of the NFL Players Association. Retired from the NFL since 2012, Foxworth was succeeded this year by Eric Winston as the players' union president.

Foxworth last played for the Ravens in 2011 after being signed to a four-year, $27.2 million contract in 2009 to play for his hometown team. His contract was terminated before the 2012 season because of chronic problems with his right knee after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament during a noncontact drill on the first day of training camp in 2010 at McDaniel College.

Foxworth, 31, was widely praised by NFLPA union officials for being instrumental in the negotiations to end the NFL lockout in 2011 as a new collective bargaining agreement was signed.

A Randallstown native who played at Western Tech, Foxworth was drafted by the Denver Broncos in the third round...

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Ravens Q&A with Mike Preston

Baltimore Sun columnist Mike Preston answers readers' questions about the Ravens' Week 8 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals and other topics about the team heading into Week 9.

On the play in the fourth quarter when Andy Dalton avoided the rush and hit the receiver down the field, it looked to me that Dominique Franks quit on the play. It seemed he thought that Dalton was being sacked and stopped covering the receiver. Is that what happened? -- Robert B.

Robert, it appeared that the coverage was a Cover 2 zone where Franks passed off the receiver to the safety, Terrence Brooks. Unfortunately, the safeties on this team should be nicknamed toast, popcorn, and marshmallow. They either get burned or play way too soft. Brooks did not get over in time and allowed the completion. Later, one of them said they lost the ball in flight.

Oh my ...

Wasn't it a rule that it's illegal to aid the person who has the football by pushing him in the back to gain yardage? How is the defense supposed to get to...

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