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Ravens' Justin Forsett named AFC Offensive Player of the Week

Ravens running back Justin Forsett.
Ravens running back Justin Forsett. (Karl Merton Ferron, Baltimore Sun)

In the middle of a breakthrough season, Ravens veteran running back Justin Forsett was named the AFC Offensive Player of the Week by the NFL on Wednesday.

Forsett rushed for a game-high 112 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries Sunday during a 21-7 win over the Tennessee Titans at M&T Bank Stadium. It was just the second time in his career that Forsett has scored two touchdowns in a game.

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Forsett, who ranks fourth in the NFL with 721 rushing yards along with five touchdowns, has averaged 5.6 yards per carry this season. The rushing yardage and touchdowns both represent career-highs, surpassing his previous bests from 2009 of 619 yards and four touchdowns while playing for the Seattle Seahawks.

Signed to a one-year, $730,000 contract in March, Forsett has salvaged a running game that faced uncertainty when the Ravens terminated Ray Rice's contract.

Forsett bypassed Bernard Pierce on the depth chart when Pierce fumbled in the season opener against the Cincinnati Bengals and then dealt with a quadriceps issue.

Originally thought of as a place-holder for Rice when the running back was suspended for two games, Forsett has emerged as one of the most productive running backs in the NFL.

The the 5-foot-8, 197-pound former University of California standout is on pace to rush for 1,153 yards with six games remaining on the schedule, averaging 72.1 yards per game.

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