LaRon Byrd

Bernard Pierce inactive for Ravens, Lardarius Webb set to make 2014 debut

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.

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...