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Ravens running back Bernard Pierce is inactive Sunday for the game against the Cleveland Browns because of a thigh injury that he aggravated during practice this week.

Pierce, who rushed for 96 yards against the Pittsburgh Steelers, is being replaced in the starting lineup by Justin Forsett, who has rushed for a team-high 126 yards on 19 carries with one touchdown. He'll be backed up by rookie fourth-round draft pick Lorenzo Taliaferro.

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Forsett, who has rushed for 1,818 career yards and nine touchdowns in seven NFL seasons, is a smaller back at 5 feet 8, 197 pounds. But he has good speed and is experienced in offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak's offense from their days together with the Houston Texans.

Ravens cornerback Lardarius Webb is active and will make his season debut after missing the entire preseason and first two games with a lower back injury after undergoing offseason sports hernia surgery.

Rookie running back Fitzgerald Toussaint is active after being promoted from the practice squad Saturday.

The Ravens also scratched rookie wide receiver Michael Campanaro (River Hill), offensive linemen Jah Reid and John Urschel, rookie defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan, who has a meniscus problem with his knee, according to sources, rookie second-round linebacker Arthur Brown and rookie free safety Terrence Brooks.

A 2013 second-round draft pick, Brown has been a healthy scratch all season. Brooks is a third-round pick this year and is another healthy scratch.

Browns tight end Jordan Cameron is active despite a shoulder injury. He was a game-time decision and is set to go.

The Browns deactivated wide receiver LaRon Byrd, cornerback Pierre Desir, defensive back Robert Nelson, running back Ben Tate (sprained knee), linebacker Eric Martin, defensive lineman Ishmaa'ily Kitchen and tight end Gerell Robinson.

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