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Ravens went with undrafted rookie Fitz Toussaint instead of Bernard Pierce in relief of Justin Forsett

Ravens went with undrafted rookie Fitz Toussaint instead of Bernard Pierce in relief of Justin Forsett
Fitz Toussaint rushes during the fourth quarter against the Houston Texans. (Troy Taormina, USA Today Sports)

When running back Justin Forsett turned his ankle in the fourth quarter Sunday, the Ravens didn't turn to backup Bernard Pierce.

Instead, undrafted rookie running back Fitz Toussaint relieved Forsett and rushed for 11 yards on four carries in the during 23-15 loss to the Houston Texans. Toussaint had a long run of 12 yards. He also caught two passes for 20 yards on five targets.

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It was something of a surprise to not have Pierce in the game considering that he was a third-round draft pick and entered the season as the starter. However, Pierce hasn't had a very productive season with 358 yards and two touchdowns on 87 carries.

Pass protection skills may have been a factor in the decision, as well.

"I'm not going to make a comparison like you're trying to lead me into," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said when asked why Toussaint got the nod ahead of Pierce. "We like Fitzgerald Toussaint as a player, gave him a chance to play. We like Pierce, too.

"You only get so many carries and so many opportunities. Fitzgerald does a nice job in pass protection, so we feel comfortable with him in that as well."

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