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Ravens release running back Bernard Pierce following DUI arrest

The Ravens cut Pierce on Wednesday.

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The Ravens aren't playing around.

If you mess up and get arrested, and especially if you haven't proved yourself on the field, you will get cut. Bernard Pierce is the latest example. Early Wednesday morning, presumably after a night of St. Patrick's Day festivities, Pierce elected not to take a taxicab or call a designated driver and was later arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol.

In return, he was released by the Ravens not a day later.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Bernard Pierce has been released by the Ravens.</p>&mdash; Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) <a href="">March 18, 2015</a></blockquote>

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Pierce was set to enter the final year of his rookie contract and has been a bit of a disappointment the past two years. As a rookie in 2012, Pierce averaged 4.9 yards per carry during the regular season and was a valuable backup in the Ravens' Super Bowl run. Over the past two years, Pierce failed to average four yards per carry.

His tenure in Baltimore ends with 1,334 yards and five touchdowns in three seasons.

The Ravens are fine at running back with Justin Forsett, Lorenzo Taliaferro and Fitzgerald Toussaint. But with Pierce off the roster, you can bet they'll be going after a young running back in this year's draft.