Ravens backup running back Bernard Pierce underwent successful right shoulder surgery today at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia to repair his rotator cuff, his agent told The Baltimore Sun.

Pierce is expected to require four to five months of rehabilitation and is expected to make a full recovery.


Dr. J. Milo Sewards, a specialist in arthroscopic shoulder reconstruction and the director of the orthopedic residency program at Temple, performed the procedure. The Sun reported on Jan. 8 that Pierce was likely to undergo surgery.

Pierce, 23, sought a second opinion before determining that he needed to have surgery to address an injury he battled through during the season.

Pierce is a 2012 third-round draft pick from Temple who dealt with several injuries last season, including his shoulder, hamstring, knee and toe, while rushing for 436 yards and two touchdowns. Pierce averaged 2.9 yards per carry. He caught 20 passes for 104 yards.

As a rookie, Pierce rushed for 532 yards and averaged 4.9 yards per carry.

The Ravens finished 30th in rushing offense last season as Pierce and starter Ray Rice (hip, quadriceps) were rarely healthy.



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