Bernard Pierce's Rotator Cuff Surgery Ensures Ray Rice won't be Cap Casualty

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Nov 17, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Baltimore Ravens running back Bernard Pierce (30) runs the ball against the Chicago Bears during the second half at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports

The Baltimore Ravens finished 30th in rushing offense last season as running backs Bernard Pierce and Ray Rice were limited by injuries and poor offensive line play.

Rice had the worst year of his career since becoming the full-time starter as he battled a serious hip-injury, but Pierce was also banged-up throughout the year with an injured shoulder.

As it turned out, he had a damaged rotator cuff that surgery was performed on Thursday, according to Arron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun:

Pierce underwent successful right shoulder surgery today at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia to repair his rotator cuff, his agent told The Baltimore Sun.

Pierce is expected to require four to five months of rehabilitation and is expected to make a full recovery.

Dr. J. Milo Sewards, a specialist in arthroscopic shoulder reconstruction and the director of the orthopedic residency program at Temple, performed the procedure.

As a  2012 third-round rookie out of Temple, Pierce rushed for 532 yards and averaged 4.9 yards per carry. This year, he was limits to 436 yards and two touchdowns. Pierce averaged 2.9 yards per carry. He caught 20 passes for 104 yards.

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