Collins, who was placed on injured reserve Saturday, won't require surgery to address a sprained foot, Tom Pelissero of NFL.com reports.
The Ravens' surprising decision to move Collins to IR ends his season, but the running back should be back to full strength well in advance of the spring, when he'll become a restricted free agent. Though he's had issues with ball security in his brief career, Collins has shown plenty of promise as a ballcarrier with an average of 4.2 yards per carry and 15 touches through 36 career games. It's unclear if the Ravens will have much interest in retaining Collins if youngsters Gus Edwards and Kenneth Dixon are both effective down the stretch.
Collins (foot) was placed on injured reserve Saturday.
It's a bit of a surprising designation given Collins was initially listed as questionable for Sunday's contest against the Falcons and actually logged a full practice Friday. In a corresponding move, the Ravens will active Kenneth Dixon (knee), who was designated to return off injured reserve. He'll join a crowded backfield that figures to be led by Gus Edwards (ankle), so long as the undrafted rookie is healthy enough to take the field, and likely chip in behind Ty Montgomery, who impressed in his limited opportunities as the backup against the Raiders last week. Saturday's decision puts an end to a disappointing season for Collins, who many touted as an intriguing fantasy option following a 2017 season in which he combined for 1,160 total yards and six touchdowns. A restricted free agent this offseason, Collins may struggle to regain his starting job in 2019, particularly if the likes of Dixon, Edwards or Montgomery make good use of their opportunities in the final weeks of the 2018 regular season.
Updating a previous report, Collins (foot), who is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Falcons, was a full participant in Friday's practice.
The Ravens released their injury designations for Sunday's contest before their final practice of the week concluded, so it wasn't immediately known how extensively Collins was involved in the session. After Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com reported that Collins was absent from the portion of the session available to the media, it was assumed that the running back would be listed as a non-participant for the third consecutive practice, but he apparently was able to do enough behind closed doors to constitute full participation. Friday's activity suddenly makes Collins' chances of playing this weekend more likely, though after sitting out the Week 12 win over the Raiders and practicing only once, it wouldn't be completely surprising if he was on the inactive list again. If Collins suits up, he might struggle to earn a double-digit carry load, as the Ravens have shown a preference to feature Gus Edwards (ankle) -- who is also listed as questionable but is expected to play -- in the backfield alongside quarterback Lamar Jackson. Collins' fantasy outlook would improve if the Ravens were to reinstall Joe Flacco (hip) as their starting quarterback once he's back to full strength.
Collins (foot) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Falcons.
Though the designation implies that Collins has a 50 percent chance of playing Sunday, his odds of doing so don't actually seem nearly as favorable. After sitting out last week's win over the Raiders due to the injury, Collins failed to practice Wednesday or Thursday and wasn't spotted on the field during the portion of Friday's session that was available to the media. The lack of activity leading up to the contest suggests Collins would probably only handle a limited role even if he avoids the inactive list this weekend, likely setting up Gus Edwards (ankle) for another turn as the Ravens' clear-cut top option out of the backfield. Edwards is also listed as questionable, but his availability seems in less peril after he followed up a limited practice Thursday with a full showing Friday.
Collins (foot) wasn't spotted on the field during the media-access portion of Friday's practice, Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic reports.
Collins was able to get some limited work in at Thursday's practice, but it appears he will sandwich "DNP" listings around that. That's hardly encouraging with regards to his availability for Week 13 against the Falcons, but the Ravens will provide official word on his status shortly after Friday's practice concludes. If Collins is held out for the second straight game, it would clear the way for Gus Edwards to once again serve as the Ravens' unquestioned top back.
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