Danny Woodhead signed a three-year, $8.8 million contract with the Ravens this offseason, where he's expected to serve as their passing downs back. But before Woodhead, 32, does that, he has to prove he's over last year's torn ACL. Reports say he should be fine for the start of training camp, which is good since he and Joe Flacco need to get on the same page. Fun fact: The Ravens had more than 100 receptions from their top three running backs last year, and Woodhead is in line to take most of that in 2017. In two of the past four years when Woodhead has played a full season, he's gained more than 1,000 total yards with eight total touchdowns and at least 76 catches. He might not be quite that successful with the Ravens, particularly since Terrance West will work the early downs and short yardage plays. But Woodhead is still worth a mid-round pick in all standard leagues. In PPR, Woodhead is a borderline starter or flex worth drafting in Round 6.
The Ravens have placed Woodhead (hamstring) on IR. Meanwhile, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network indicates that Woodhead is expected to be "back and at full strength" after eight weeks, making the PPR stalwart a candidate to be designated to return from IR later this season. To bolster their backfield depth, the Ravens have promoted Jeremy Langford from the team's practice squad. In the absence of Woodhead, Javorius Allen figures to see his share of touches in the coming weeks, while working in tandem with fellow RB Terrance West.
Ravens coach John Harbaugh confirmed Wednesday that Woodhead (hamstring) will miss at least four weeks, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Previous projections pegged Woodhead to miss 4-to-6 or 6-to-8 weeks, so Harbaugh's estimation more or less aligns with that. The Ravens will evaluate Woodhead over the next few days and if it's determined that his recovery timeline is trending more toward the 6-to-8-week range, he could be stashed on injured reserve as one of the team's two designated-to-return players. While Woodhead is sidelined, Javorius Allen is the top candidate to handle most of the passing-down work out of the backfield, with Terrance West continuing to serve as the Ravens' lead back. It's also likely that the Ravens will sign one of Alex Collins or Jeremy Langford off their practice squad this week to add further depth at running back.
Updating a previous report, Woodhead (hamstring) is expected to be sidelined 6-to-8 weeks, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. It was originally reported the veteran running back would miss 4-to-6 weeks following an MRI on Monday, but that expected timetable has since increased. Woodhead suffered the injury in Sunday's season-opening win over the Bengals and is now looking at his third extended absence due to injury in four years. His new recovery timeline makes him a potential candidate for injured reserve with a designation to return, which means he would be sidelined at least eight weeks. Javorius Allen benefited the most following Woodhead's early exit Sunday, as starter Terrance West saw a limited workload given the Ravens' sizable lead. Both backs figure to see increased roles while Woodhead is sidelined, but it remains to be seen how their snaps will be divvied up.
Woodhead (hamstring) is expected to be sidelined for 4-to-6 weeks, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. That timetable was established after Woodhead underwent an MRI on Monday following his removal from the Ravens' season-opening victory over the Bengals due to the left hamstring injury. For the third time in four seasons, Woodhead looks set to miss multiple games due to injury, but fortunately, it appears his latest setback isn't nearly as severe as the torn ACL that ended his 2016 campaign in Week 2. Javorius Allen benefited the most from Woodhead's early exit in the opener, logging 21 carries in 33 snaps for 71 yards. The Ravens' sizable lead allowed coach John Harbaugh to limit starter Terrance West's workload in the second half, however, so expect Allen's role to become a little more muted in Week 2 against the Browns if that contest proves more competitive.
Head coach John Harbaugh said Woodhead's (hamstring) timetable for a recovery should be known Tuesday, Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com reports. "We'll have to see the timeline on that," Harbaugh said. Woodhead's status is awaiting the results of an MRI, but it should surprise no one that the oft-injured back is again facing a lengthy absence. Once the prognosis emerges, the Ravens backfield will be in the hands of Terrance West and Javorius Allen. West, the top RB entering the season, notched 19 carries for 80 yards and one touchdown in Sunday's season-opening win at Cincinnati. Meanwhile, the early departure of Woodhead allowed Allen to get in the act often, as the latter racked up 21 rushes for 71 yards himself.
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|11||11/19||@Green Bay Packers||20||18.00|
|3 Year Avg||44||163||1||31||275||2||61|