Bengals' A.J. Green, Ravens' Bernard Pierce Inactive


The Ravens won't have to face the Bengals' most dangerous offensive weapon.

Wide receiver A.J. Green (toe) is inactive for Sunday's game.

Green burned the Ravens for the game-winning 77-yard touchdown in Week 1 and has caught a pass of at least 50 yards each of the last three games against Baltimore.

Without Green, the Bengals will rely more heavily upon wide receiver's Mohamed Sanu and Brandon Tate.  They still have strong offensive weapons, but Green is their most dynamic.

The Ravens have their starting offensive line back, as left tackle Eugene Monroe and left guard Kelechi Osemele are both active and ready to play against the Bengals.

Baltimore does have a couple surprise scratches, however.

Backup running back Bernard Pierce is inactive for the first time in his three-year career. He was not listed on the injury report this week, so it appears to be a healthy scratch.

Justin Forsett has replaced Pierce as the top running back, but Pierce was usually the second running back in the rotation, ahead of rookie Lorenzo Taliaferro.

Pierce is averaging 3.6 yards per carry and has two touchdowns. He's scored goal-line touchdowns each of the past two weeks.

The Ravens also deactivated center/guard Gino Gradkowski for the first time in his three-year career.

Gradkowski would be the Ravens' top backup at center, but the Ravens must feel comfortable enough with rookie John Urschel to provide support at both guard and center. Urschel played well the past two games stepping in for Osemele.

The Ravens' other inactives are cornerback Chykie Brown (second straight game), inside linebacker Arthur Brown, guard/tackle Jah Reid, tight end Owen Daniels (knee) and defensive end Chris Canty (wrist).

Wide receiver Marlon Brown, who was inactive last week, is back in uniform. The Ravens have all six of their wide receivers active against the Bengals.

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