Since Ravens rookie running back Lorenzo Taliaferro lost a fumble during a Nov. 2 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, the fourth-round draft pick only has three carries for 10 yards.
Taliaferro, who has been active and playing on special teams each week, has no carries in the past two games. Overall, he has rushed for 257 yards and four touchdowns this season, including 91 yards and a touchdown against the Cleveland Browns and two touchdowns against the Cincinnati Bengals earlier this season.
Is Taliaferro in coach John Harbaugh's doghouse?
Harbaugh insisted Monday that the reason Taliaferro is playing sparingly on offense isn't punitive.
Instead, Harbaugh emphasized that the emergence of running back Justin Forsett is the primary factor that's preventing Taliaferro from being more involved on the offense. Backup running back Bernard Pierce had six carries for 16 yards during a loss Sunday to the San Diego Chargers.
"If you look at it, no one has many carries besides Justin," Harbaugh said. "You'll see Lorenzo, without question. There's no punishment going on there. I just think it's been Justin has been playing so well, but Lorenzo has to be there for us, especially down the stretch here."