OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) - Bernard Pierce can't wait to become the Baltimore Ravens' starting running back in Sunday's season opener against Cincinnati.
Pierce will step in for Ray Rice, who is serving a two-game suspension for domestic violence.
Pierce says, "I can't really overthink it. This could possibly be my only shot."
He's already proved he can handle at least some of the load. Pierce rushed for 532 yards in the regular season as a rookie two years ago, then ran for 202 more yards in four games in the postseason as the Ravens won the Super Bowl.
This will be his second career start. Pierce ran for 89 yards on 21 carries in the preseason and scored one touchdown in preparing to be the starter in offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak's scheme.