Ravens running back Bernard Pierce.
Ravens running back Bernard Pierce. (Karl Merton Ferron, Baltimore Sun)

The Ravens scratched backup running back Bernard Pierce for Sunday's game against the Cincinnati Bengals after he struggled to gain many yards in the last few games.

Pierce has rushed for only 53 yards on 23 carries over the last two games, averaging 2.3 yards per carry. He scored touchdowns in each of those games in short-yardage situations.


The Ravens will continue to start veteran Justin Forsett at running back, with rookie Lorenzo Taliaferro backing him up.

The Ravens also have shuffled their gameday lineup against the Bengals, with veteran tight end Owen Daniels scratched after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery.

Besides starting rookie tight end Crockett Gillmore and promoting tight end Phillip Supernaw from the practice squad to back him up Sunday at Paul Brown Stadium, the Ravens have all six wide receivers active.

Wide receiver Marlon Brown is active after he missed the last two games, one with a pelvis injury and last week as a healthy scratch. The Ravens are expected to utilize Brown as a red-zone threat and on special teams.

With Daniels out, rookie wide receiver Michael Campanaro (River Hill) is expected to have an increased role in terms of targets and snaps. The Ravens also could utilize fullback Kyle Juszczyk more than usual in the passing game.

The Ravens scratched offensive linemen Jah Reid and Gino Gradkowski with the return of left tackle Eugene Monroe and left guard Kelechi Osemele from right knee injuries. Monroe missed the last four games, and Osemele missed the last two. Monroe had arthroscopic knee surgery. Osemele has a bruised, hyperextended knee and will wear a protective brace.

Reid and Gradkowski conducted an extensive workout earlier Sunday morning at the stadium with offensive line coach Juan Castillo along with practice squad offensive tackle Marcel Jones.

The Ravens also scratched 2013 second-round inside linebacker Arthur Brown, cornerback Chykie Brown, who allowed the game-winning touchdown pass to Bengals All-Pro wide receiver A.J. Green in a September defeat at M&T Bank Stadium, Daniels and defensive end Chris Canty (wrist surgery).

Besides Green, who's out with a turf toe for the third game in a row, the Bengals also ruled out linebacker Rey Maualuga with a hamstring injury.



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