Dobbins underwent successful surgery to repair his torn ACL on Tuesday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Dobbins is expected to make a full recovery, and the timing of his injury should allow the starting running back to be ready by the start of next season if he avoids any setbacks. With fellow running back Gus Edwards sustaining a potentially serious knee injury of his own in practice Thursday, the Ravens are perilously thin in the backfield heading into the 2021 season.
The Ravens placed Dobbins (knee) on injured reserve Monday, Ryan Mink of the team's official site reports. Dobbins sustained a season-ending ACL tear during Saturday's preseason game against Washington, so his shift to IR doesn't come as any sort of surprise. The transaction officially rules him out for the 2021 campaign. With Dobbins out of the picture this season, Gus Edwards appears slated to kick off Sept. 13's season opener against the Raiders as Baltimore's backfield leader, with Ty'Son Williams and Justice Hill (ankle) also available to share the workload. The Ravens may also still consider adding further running back depth.
Dobbins is undergoing an MRI on his left knee, but the expectation is that the running back suffered a season-ending injury in Saturday's preseason game against Washington, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, it is feared that Dobbins tore his ACL, but either way it looks like the Ravens are bracing to lose their top back for an extended period. Gus Edwards thus is poised to open the 2021 season as the team's lead rusher, with Ty'Son Williams and Justice Hill (ankle) also in the mix for backfield touches.
There's concern that Dobbins may have sustained a major left knee injury during Saturday's preseason game against Washington, Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic reports. While coach John Harbaugh declined to comment on his level of concern regarding the second-year back's injury after the contest, he did relay that Dobbins is set to undergo tests Sunday, noting "we'll see where we're at, at that point in time." Although a timetable for the 2020 second-rounder is pending the results of the medical evaluations he's slated to undergo, Zrebiec speculates that even if the Ravens "get good news Sunday on Dobbins, he's going to miss extensive time." In such a scenario, Gus Edwards would be in a position to open the 2021 season as the team's lead back, with Ty'Son Williams and Justice Hill (ankle) also in the mix for backfield touches.
Coach John Harbaugh said after Saturday's preseason win at Washington that Dobbins (knee/leg) will "get tested tomorrow, and we'll see where we're at, at that point in time." Dobbins remained on the field for a spell at the end of a two-yard gain on a screen pass. He required assistance to reach the sideline tent and eventually needed a cart to get to the locker room. Following Sunday's examination, the Ravens likely have a better idea of the extent of his injury, which currently is murky. If Dobbins is sidelined for any length of time, Gus Edwards figures to be the team's No. 1 running back in those contests, with some combination of Justice Hill (ankle) and Ty'Son Williams mixing into one of the NFL's most run-oriented offenses.
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