Ravens ‘disappointed’ in Michael Pierce conditioning

The Baltimore Ravens pulled defensive tackle Michael Pierce off the practice field Tuesday because of conditioning issues, and kept him off the field again Wednesday.
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Defensive coordinator Don Martindale stated he had been disappointed in the form in which Pierce revealed up to mandatory minicamp after bypassing previous offseason workouts.
“Of course you are disappointed,” Martindale said, via Jamison Hensley of ESPN. “What I said to him, I said it in front of the entire defense: Life is about choices. Just do not make that decision create your life.”
Pierce, a restricted free agent, reportedly showed up to minicamp appearing well within his listed weight of 340 lbs. After accepting Pierce to task facing his teammates, Martindale did not wish to add more fuel on Wednesday, believing the 26-year-old captured the message.
“We piled enough yesterday,” he explained. “Let’s don’t forget what a great soccer player he is. He’ll reunite. I can not let you know when, but he’ll get back there.”
An undrafted free agent signing in 2016, Pierce impressed through his first few seasons, also is among the greatest run-stuffing defensive tackles in the league as a rotational participant. Entering a pivotal season, the Ravens will require Pierce to slim down over the next six months leading up to training camp in late July. The defensive tackle risks seeing his non-guaranteed $3 million salary wiped away.

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