After spending his first week of the 2021 season on the practice squad, two-time Pro Bowl running back Devonta Freeman has been promoted to the Ravens' active roster, according to his agent Drew Rosenhaus and reported by ESPN's Adam Schefter. Freeman will make his Ravens debut Sunday night against the Chiefs, who defeated the Browns at home in Week 1. Baltimore is coming off of an overtime loss to the Raiders on Monday night.
Freeman and fellow former Pro Bowl running back Le'Veon Bell were signed to the Ravens' practice squad after J.K. Dobbins, Gus Edwards and Justice Hill suffered season-ending injuries. Despite those injuries, Baltimore rushed for 189 yards and two touchdowns on 34 carries against the Raiders. Lamar Jackson led the Ravens with 86 yards on 12 carries. Ty'Son Williams contributed with 65 yards and a score on nine carries. Latavius Murray, who was also recently signed by Baltimore following their rash of injuries, gained 28 yards and a score on 10 carries.
A key cog in the Falcons' offense during the mid-2010s, Freeman has battled through injuries since the start of the 2018 season. He missed 14 games that year before rebounding to post over 1,000 all-purpose yards during his final season in Atlanta. An ankle injury, however, contributed to Freeman appearing in just five games during his lone season with the Giants in 2020. He spent the 2020 postseason on the Buffalo Bills' practice squad.
The Ravens will be facing uncharted waters when they host Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs (-3.5) on Sunday night. It will mark the first time that the Ravens are more than three-point underdogs at home with Jackson as their starting quarterback, via ESPN's Jamison Hensley.
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