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Ravens RB JK Dobbins, S Marcus Williams activated off injured reserve, ready to return against Steelers – The Denver Post

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The Ravens activated running back JK Dobbins and safety Marcus Williams off injured reserve on Saturday, paving the way for their Sunday comeback against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Dobbins, who led all NFL running backs in yards per rush as a 2020 rookie, has played just four games since last season. He tore his ACL, LCL and meniscus in his left knee, as well as his hamstrings, in the Ravens’ preseason finale last year and was placed on IR on Oct. 21 after underwent arthroscopy of the same knee.

Williams, the team’s top free agent to sign this offseason, has been sidelined since suffering a wrist injury in Week 5 against the Cincinnati Bengals. He has a team record with three interceptions in five games this season.

Williams was slated to return Nov. 23, giving him three weeks of practice with the Ravens. He is expected to start alongside defensive leader Chuck Clark, relegating Geno Stone, who impressed as a starter in his place, to a reserve role.

“He’s got fresh legs right now, so he’s moving really well,” defensive coordinator Mike Macdonald said of Williams on Thursday. “He’s been going there for a few weeks now, so he looks the same this week as the previous weeks as he prepares to leave.”

Dobbins, who returned to practice Nov. 30, has 35 carries for 123 yards (3.5 per carry) and a touchdown this season, as well as six catches for 39 yards and a score. He showed some elusiveness at times earlier this season, but lacked the explosiveness that made him a 2020 second-round pick. Harbaugh said last month that Dobbins’ arthroscopic surgery was a ” dazzling success”.

“I really think that that time off and what he’s been able to take care of is going to have a big impact on his effectiveness,” offensive coordinator Greg Roman said Thursday. “He’s really excited to be back; we are glad to see him again.

Williams’ return should bolster a defense that has become one of the best in the NFL in recent weeks, but a healthy Dobbins could be even more important for an offense that will likely be without starting quarterback Lamar Jackson on Sunday.

The Ravens have averaged 4.1 yards per carry since their Week 10 comeback, 17th-best in the NFL in that span, but only 3.7 yards per carry on engineered runs. Gus Edwards, who formed one of the league’s best running duos with Dobbins in 2020, has 22 carries for 64 yards (2.9 yards per carry) in his two games since returning from an injury to the hamstrings.

To make room for Dobbins, the Ravens released running back Mike Davis. The 29-year-old had eight carries for 18 yards and two catches for 4 yards this season, standing out more as a tackler than a playmaker. With Williams activated, the Ravens placed cornerback Daryl Worley on IR . Worley missed practice week with a hamstring injury and will miss at least the team’s next four games.

In other moves, the Ravens promoted rookie quarterback Anthony Brown and safety Ar’Darius Washington from the practice squad for Sunday’s game. Brown is expected to back Tyler Huntley, while Washington has been called up for the second straight game and third time this season. He played eight defensive snaps in Sunday’s win over the Denver Broncos.

Week 14

Ravens at Steelers

Sunday, 1 p.m.

TV: chs. 13, 9

Radio: 97.9FM, 101.5FM, 1090AM

Line: Steelers by 1 1/2

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