The Ravens questions at running back don't end with Ray Rice and his legal problems.

Bernard Pierce, entering his third season with the Ravens, is coming off offseason shoulder surgery and a subpar second season with the Ravens. The time is now for him to show that he can stay healthy and be a key component in the Ravens running game for the foreseeable future.

In fact, for Pierce, there may be no better time to do so.

Pierce told the Ravens team Web site recently that, coming off the surgery, “I’m definitely ahead of schedule, and I’m definitely going to be ready for training camp."

The Ravens might need that, as Rice is facing the distinct possibility of a suspension to begin the season related to the aggravated assault charge he faces for a confrontation with his wife at an Atlantic City casino in February.