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Bernard Pierce says he's not injured

Ravens backup running back Bernard Pierce walked off the field with team doctor Leigh Ann Curl Saturday, which immediately raised questions about his health since Pierce underwent offseason rotator cuff surgery on his right shoulder.

However, Pierce emphasized on social media that he’s not injured and offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak said he wasn't aware of Pierce being hurt.

“You walk with a trainer now your hurt???” Pierce wrote on Twitter before later deleting his Tweet. “For the record, I’m fine. No one got hurt."

Pierce had his shoulder repaired in January at Temple University. Saturday marked the Ravens' first practice in full pads and, apparently, Pierce emerged unscathed. He's been practicing with no restrictions during camp.

Drafted in the third round in 2012 out of Temple, Pierce dealt with several injuries last season. That included shoulder, hamstring, knee and toe injuries.

"My shoulder definitely got a lot better," Pierce said earlier this week. "I know that this is when the real grind starts. It was strenuous today, but overall it was definitely helpful."

Meanwhile, quarterback Joe Flacco and nose tackle Haloti Ngata both got stretched out by trainers. Both appeared to have minor lower back issues. Despite some stiffness, Flacco took his normal workload.

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