Woodhead announced his retirement on his personal Instagram page Friday.
Woodhead has been marred by injuries over the past four seasons as he has played in only 29 of 64 possible games. The 33-year-old was released by the Ravens on Tuesday after posting a 2017 season with 14 carries for 56 yards and 33 receptions for 200 yards in eight games. The pass-catching specialist would likely find a landing spot should he choose to continue his 10-year career, but opting for retirement at this point makes sense given his recent injury history.
The Ravens are releasing Woodhead in a move that will save $1.8 million against the 2018 cap, Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com reports.
Signed to a three-year, $8.8 million contract last offseason, Woodhead played only eight games due to a hamstring injury, finishing with 14 carries for 56 yards and 33 catches for 200 yards. His marks of 6.1 yards per catch and 5.1 per target were far below his lofty standards as a pass-catching specialist, with the 33-year-old finally showing some signs of his age. The Ravens may be comfortable using Javorius Allen and/or Kenneth Dixon (knee, suspension) on passing downs, while Alex Collins figures to get most of the carries. Woodhead shouldn't have much trouble landing a new gig, but there's no guarantee he'll be a crucial part of the offense with his next team.
Woodhead is a candidate to be released, Jeff Zrebiec of The Baltimore Sun reports.
Signed to a three-year, $8.8 million contract last offseason, Woodhead injured his hamstring on the opening drive of Week 1 and didn't return until Week 11. He finished the year with 14 carries for 56 yards and 33 catches for 200 yards, with his marks of 6.1 yards per catch and 5.1 per target easily representing career lows for any season with more than three appearances. The Ravens might be content moving forward with Alex Collins, Javorius Allen and Kenneth Dixon (knee, suspension) in the backfield, potentially adding a draft pick to that bunch. Allen and Dixon would both be candidates to take on Woodhead's passing-down snaps.
Woodhead finished his first season in Baltimore with 14 carries for 56 yards to go with 33 receptions for 200 yards over eight games.
The veteran was acquired in the offseason with the idea of becoming the Ravens' next high-volume pass catcher out of the backfield. The early returns were promising as he caught his first three targets for 33 yards in the first half of the season opener against the Bengals before a hamstring injury knocked him out for eight games. Woodhead was moderately productive down the stretch, averaging 4.5 targets per game in the second half of the season, but Javorius Allen and even Alex Collins started to take passing-down snaps away from him. The Ravens are financially committed to Woodhead for two more seasons and quarterback Joe Flacco's penchant for checkdowns means that Woodhead should continue to see a fair amount of targets, but his complete lack of utility as a rusher coupled with his minimal touchdown upside render him as a PPR-only type of fantasy option.
Woodhead caught six of seven targets for 31 yards and gained one yard on his only carry in Sunday's 27-10 win over the Browns.
Woodhead has been a useful part of the Baltimore offense, but he isn't getting a ton of volume and hasn't seen much work in the red zone. He's yet to reach 50 scrimmage yards in a contest, and a Week 16 matchup with the Colts would seem to favor Alex Collins and Javorius Allen over Woodhead, as the Ravens probably won't need to attempt too many throws.
Woodhead had four catches for 29 yards and added two carries for seven yards in Sunday's 39-38 loss to the Steelers.
The Ravens ramped up Woodhead's usage as a pass catcher, targeting him five times after his two-target outing against the Lions. He responded with four grabs, which is one shy of his season high. However, Woodhead's usage as a runner has been limited since returning from a hamstring injury that kept him out eight games. He's seen a total of 10 carries in that four-game stretch and has been held to single-digit yardage in three of those contests. Woodhead is unlikely to see an uptick in carries with Alex Collins and Javorius Allen running well, but he figures to see steady work in the passing game the rest of the way.
Woodhead had three carries for nine yards to go with two catches for 14 yards in Sunday's win over the Lions.
It was a muted outing from Woodhead, who saw roughly the same amount of snaps as he did a week ago (22) but had his usage rate plummet. Woodhead had caught at least four passes in each of his previous two games but only garnered two targets against the Lions. Part of that can be attributed to Joe Flacco taking more shots down the field to his wide receivers rather than checking it down to his running backs like Woodhead. Flacco will likely revert to more check downs next week against Pittsburgh to keep the pass rush honest, so look for Woodhead to see more chances in Week 14.
Woodhead had four carries for 22 yards and caught all four of his targets for 23 yards in Monday's win over the Texans.
In his second game back from injured reserve, Woodhead was slightly more involved in the run game and it paid dividends, as he averaged 5.5 yards per carry. Woodhead has also maintained a role on passing downs since returning, catching nine of 10 targets for 44 yards. His production as a runner will likely be unpredictable with Alex Collins and Javorius Allen still in the mix, but Woodhead's capability as a pass catcher is why Baltimore signed him in the offseason, so look for him to continue seeing regular work out of the backfield.
Ravens offensive coordinator Marty Morhnhinweg said Woodhead won't have a snap count Monday against the Texans, Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com reports.
Woodhead didn't really appear to have any limitations in a 23-0 win over the Packers last week, but he ended up with only six touches (five catches) on 13 snaps due to the blowout nature of the contest. It's notable that he was targeted on more than one-third of his snaps, as similar usage could lead to some very productive days when the Ravens find themselves in more competitive contests. Monday's game won't necessarily qualify, as the Ravens are heavy favorites against a Houston team that's gone 1-3 with a minus-44 point differential in Tom Savage's four starts.
Woodhead (hamstring) caught five of six targets for 21 yards and took one carry for two yards in Sunday's 23-0 win over the Packers.
Woodhead returned from injured reserve and instantly replaced Javorius Allen as the Ravens' back of choice in passing situations. Allen entered the game as the team leader in carries, receptions and targets, but he finished with only three carries for eight yards and one catch for nine yards on one target. Alex Collins had 20 carries for 49 yards and a touchdown while also catching four of seven targets for 22 yards, though the split with Woodhead actually looked pretty even early in the game. With Baltimore leading by at least 13 points for the final 28 minutes, Woodhead didn't have much of a role in the second half. He should be a bit busier if the Texans are able to keep things close in a Week 12 matchup on Monday Night Football.
Woodhead (hamstring) is eligible to play Sunday against the Packers after being activated off the IR-R on Saturday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.
Woodhead injured his hamstring in Week 1 and has been sidelined since. The Ravens seemed optimistic regarding the veteran running back's status throughout the week, so this news does not come as too much of a surprise. He has been practicing with the team for two weeks, but it remains to be seen what type of workload he will see in his return. Javorius Allen figures to see his role as the prime pass-catching back take the biggest hit in Woodhead's return.
Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said the team's medical staff will make the final decision on Woodhead's (hamstring) status for Sunday's game in Green Bay, Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com reports.
Harbaugh did at least provide a hint when he said that Woodhead did pretty much everything in practice this week and looked good in the process. The veteran pass-catching back has been practicing with the team the past two weeks, hoping to return when first eligible Sunday. Should Woodhead pull it off, Javorius Allen might find that his role quickly evaporates. Allen has caught 39 of 49 targets (including two touchdowns) during Woodhead's eight-game absence, but Allen's meager average of 4.8 yards per reception suggests the Ravens will be pleased to get an upgrade. Woodhead was injured on the team's first drive of the season, after catching three passes for 33 yards. The Ravens need to remove him from injured reserve by 4 p.m. EDT on Saturday if he's going to return for Sunday's game.
Woodhead (hamstring) appeared to take part in most activities at Wednesday's practice, Jeff Zrebiec of The Baltimore Sun reports.
Woodhead is still on injured reserve, which means he isn't included on the Ravens' official injury report. It sounds as if he might be a full participant if the Ravens could list him, though the team hasn't confirmed that he'll return from IR when first eligible Sunday against Green Bay. Whenever he's ready -- be it this week or in the future -- Woodhead will likely replace Javorius Allen as the Ravens' primary pass-catching back. Allen has parlayed the role into team-leading outputs in receptions (39) and targets (50), though he's no match for Woodhead when it comes to receiving skills out of the backfield.
Woodhead (hamstring) will practice this week, but the Ravens still aren't sure if he'll return from injured reserve for Sunday's game against the Packers, Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com reports.
Ravens coach John Harbaugh said it's tough to predict whether Woodhead will look good enough in practice to encourage his removal from injured reserve. He's eligible to play for the first time since re-injuring his hamstring in Week 1, with his eventual return likely spelling the end of Javorius Allen's tenure as the Ravens' primary passing-down back. Woodhead shouldn't pose much of a threat to Alex Collins, who seems to have a clear lead over Allen and Terrance West (calf) as the Ravens' go-to option for early downs. Woodhead should be highly involved in the passing game once he returns, considering he caught three passes on his only drive of the season, and Allen has 39 receptions over the last eight games.
Woodhead (hamstring) returned to practice Tuesday.
The Ravens have officially opened Woodhead's three-week window for activation to the 53-man roster. While he tests out his left hamstring and otherwise gets up to speed, the Ravens will continue to utilize a timeshare out of the backfield between Alex Collins and Javorius Allen. Upon Woodhead's eventual return to action, Allen would likely yield his portion of the offensive snaps to the veteran, allowing him to serve primarily in a pass-catching capacity.
Woodhead (hamstring) may return to practice this week.
Woodhead technically was eligible to practice last week, but the Ravens held him out as they prepared for a Thursday game against the Dolphins. A return this week apparently is possible, though the team doesn't have any incentive to rush the process given that Woodhead won't be eligible to play in a game until Week 11 against the Packers. Once available, Woodhead likely will take over Javorius Allen's role in a timeshare with Alex Collins (and possibly Terrance West). Allen has piled up 78 carries and 32 catches in Woodhead's absence the past seven weeks, averaging 3.7 yards per tote and a meager 4.5 yards per reception. Woodhead probably won't get that kind of rushing volume, but he could draw even more targets than Allen and likely would be more efficient with those opportunities.
The Ravens don't have an exact timetable for Woodhead (hamstring) to begin practicing, but coach John Harbaugh expects it to happen fairly soon, Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com reports. "[With] Danny, that evaluation goes on," Harbaugh said. "It'll be soon; he becomes eligible here shortly."
It seems the Ravens haven't changed their original expectation that Woodhead will return from injured reserve at full health when first eligible after the team's Week 10 bye. He can begin practicing Week 8, which would give him plenty of time to get up to speed before returning Week 11 against the Packers. Woodhead figures to step right back in as the team's top pass-catching back as soon as he's available, potentially ending Javorius Allen's run of fantasy utility (if it hasn't already happened by then).
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.