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Desiring to add depth behind starter Ray Rice and backup Bernard Pierce, the Ravens announced the signing of former Bengals running back Bernard Scott on Monday.
Scott reportedly worked out for the Ravens earlier this month and remained an option for the 53-man roster after left tackle Bryant McKinnie was traded to the Miami Dolphins, leaving a vacant spot. Baltimore also worked out former Cardinals running back Beanie Wells, but the 2009 first-round pick tore his Achilles tendon, according to a report from The Sun.
Both Rice and Pierce have dealt with nagging injuries this season, with the latter aggravating a hamstring injury in the Week 7 loss at Pittsburgh on Oct. 20. The Ravens signed former Kansas City running back Shaun Draughn earlier this season as a No. 3 option but moved on from him when they became healthier at running back and in the return game.
“He’s a bit of a perimeter runner,” said coach John Harbaugh about Scott’s ability. “Not that he won’t run between the tackles – he will – but he’s a speed guy on the perimeter, a pass catcher out of the backfield. He’s always done a pretty good job of pass protection as well. He’s a threat, [and] he’s a dangerous guy. He’s a guy that can take it the distance at any time.”
The 29-year-old Scott spent the first four seasons of his career in Cincinnati where he rushed 255 times for 1,035 yards and four touchdowns and also produced 73 kick returns for 1,787 yards and one return score. After appearing in 45 games in his first three years with the Bengals, Scott was limited to just two games in the 2012 season before suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.
He was re-signed by Cincinnati in the offseason and began the 2013 season on the reserve physically unable to perform list before the organization decided to release him on Sept. 17.
Scott was originally a sixth-round pick in the 2009 draft and attended Abilene Christian, the same school that produced current Ravens running back coach and former NFL running back Wilbert Montgomery.
“Wilbert has been proud of those guys that come out of there,” Harbaugh said. “There are always fast guys like that who come out of Abilene Christian — starting with Wilbert.”