OWINGS MILLS - The Ravens signed former Cincinnati Bengals running back Bernard Scott Monday, providing insurance should backup running back Bernard Pierce not be able to play Sunday against the Cleveland Browns because of a hamstring injury.
Scott played for the Bengals from 2009 through last season, primarily serving as a backup and third-down back.
He ran for 380 yards and three touchdowns in 2011.
"We played against him in Cincinnati, and he's got all those skills as far as he's a perimeter runner," Baltimore coach John Harbaugh said. "Not that he won't run between the tackles - he will - but he's a speed guy, a pass-catcher out of the backfield, and he's always done a pretty good job with pass protection as well.
"He's a threat. He's a dangerous guy. He's a guy that really can take it the distance at any time."
Scott hasn't played in a game since suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament last October and was released by Cincinnati in September, but Harbaugh said Scott looked good in his first practice with the Ravens Monday.
"We're going to get him ready as quickly as we can," Harbaugh said. "There's no reason that he can't be ready, up to speed very rapidly."