Dec 22, 2013; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Ravens running back Bernard Pierce (30) runs with the ball in the second quarter against the New England Patriots at M

Ravens RB Bernard Pierce will need offseason shoulder surgery


As the Baltimore Ravens prepare for the upcoming offseason, they could be watching one of their top running back go under the knife. According to reports, Bernard Pierce is expected to undergo shoulder surgery to prepare a torn rotator cuff.

The surgery would require four to five months of rehab.

From the Baltimore Sun:

If Pierce gets surgery, as recommended, Dr. J. Milo Sewards is expected to perform the procedure. Sewards specializes in arthroscopic shoulder reconstruction and is the director of the orthopedic residency program at Temple.

Surgery hasn’t been scheduled yet. If Pierce has the procedure, it would take place this month to allow him sufficient time to heal for next season.

The initial recommendation for Pierce was that he needed to have surgery, which would require four to five months of rehabilitation this offseason. If Pierce opts not to have surgery, he would still require months of rehab to strengthen the shoulder.

Baltimore has said that they would like to see a greater timeshare in the backfield next season between Ray Rice and Pierce, but now they need to be worried about whether or not Pierce would be able to participate in OTAs.

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