CLEVELAND — Undrafted rookie running back Fitzgerald Toussaint is growing accustomed to the drill by now, learning the ropes through his involvement in the Ravens' frequent roster shuffle early in the season.
Toussaint remains ready whenever called upon, as he was for Sunday's 23-21 win over the Cleveland Browns. Along with backup quarterback Tyrod Taylor, Toussaint was one of two Ravens players who were active for the game and didn't play a snap.
Toussaint was promoted Saturday from the practice squad to the active roster when it became clear that starting running back Bernard Pierce would be sidelined with a quadriceps injury.
Now, Toussaint --who's been promoted twice from the practice squad to the active roster and cut once before being re-signed to the practice squad -- could be headed back to the waiver wire again. Toussaint is aware he could be released again this week, then could possibly rejoin the practice squad if he clears waivers.
"You stay ready for whatever and whenever they need you," said Toussaint, a former Michigan player who rushed for 103 yards in the Ravens' preseason finale against the New Orleans Saints. "That's what the job calls for. You're there just in case they want you to play."
When Toussaint was promoted Saturday, the Ravens cut reserve wide receiver Deonte Thompson. If Thompson clears waivers Monday, then he's expected to be re-signed by the Ravens. Thompson was inactive for each of the first two games.
For Toussaint, being on the active roster is lucrative regardless of whether he plays. Toussaint earns a $24,706 game check for each of the weeks he's on the active roster. For the other weeks of the season, he's paid at the normal practice squad rate of $6,300 per week.
Toussaint rushed for 648 yards and 13 touchdowns as a senior at Michigan last season. He also caught 18 passes for 203 yards. In 2012, he suffered a season-ending leg injury and was limited to 530 yards and five touchdowns.
"We have a lot of good running backs here, but I know I can get the job done if they need me to play," Toussaint said. "I'm confident in what I can do. I just stay patient and wait for my turn."