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 Wednesday because of a relatively minor ankle injury he predicted won't keep him out Sunday night, praised Pierce after the game for remaining mentally into the game and being helpful to teammates.
"At the end of the day, it doesn't matter who's up or who's down, it's always better to have an extra set of eyes out there," Pierce said. "I just tried to help out any way possible. Just because you dont play and aren't active, there are other ways to help and be active on the field."