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Ravens place DT Michael Pierce on non-football injury list

Michael Pierce

The Baltimore Ravens have placed defensive lineman Michael Pierce on the non-football injury list, according to Field Yates of ESPN.

Pierce was taken off the field during mandatory minicamp last month as a result of conditioning issues. He then later blamed himself for the problems, saying that he does not properly get in shape when he skipped the offseason conditioning program and voluntary workouts.

The 26-year-old is coming off of a 2018 campaign in which he played 14 games and registered 32 tackles and a fumble recovery.

Pierce, who played his collegiate football at Samford, went undrafted but eventually landed with the Ravens in 2016, going on to appear in all 16 contests and finishing with 35 tackles and a couple of sacks.

The Daphne, Al. native then participated in all 16 games once again in 2017, totaling 49 tackles, a sack and a pair of fumble recoveries.

Pierce is listed at 340 pounds.

The Ravens, meanwhile, won 10 games this past season, stealing the AFC North division title from under the noses of the Pittsburgh Steelers. They then proceeded to fall to the Los Angeles Chargers in the Wild Card Round of the playoffs.

Baltimore made its run with Lamar Jackson at quarterback in 2018, as Joe Flacco suffered a hip injury midway through the season and never regained his job as the starter.

As a result, the Ravens decided to part ways with Flacco this offseason, trading him to the Denver Broncos and ending his 11-year run with the club.

Baltimore is now hoping to make back-to-back playoff appearances for the first time since the 2012-13 campaign.

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