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Thursday, January 30, 2014
Wake-up caw: Bernard Pierce has surgery

By Jamison Hensley

The Baltimore Ravens will likely be without their top backup running back until the start of training camp.

Bernard Pierce underwent surgery on his right shoulder to repair his rotator cuff on Wednesday, his agent told The Baltimore Sun. The recovery time is four to five months, which will probably force him to miss all of the spring workouts.

Pierce, a third-round pick in 2012, struggled mightily last season and wasn't decisive in hitting the line. He had 44 more carries than his rookie season but finished with 96 fewer yards. His yards per carry average dropped from 4.9 in 2012 to 2.9 in 2013.

It'll be interesting to see if the Ravens add a running back in free agency or the draft because Pierce has had trouble staying healthy in his first two seasons.

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