Ravens running back JK Dobbins is expected to undergo left knee arthroscopy and miss four to six weeks, according to multiple reports.
Dobbins, who was ruled out of Sunday’s game against the Cleveland Browns after being sidelined from practice this week, missed all of last season with a serious left knee injury. He didn’t play in the second half of Sunday’s loss to the New York Giants after coach John Harbaugh said his knee tightened.
Dobbins led all NFL running backs as a rookie in yards per carry (6.0), but has averaged just 3.5 yards per carry this season. After tearing his ACL, LCL and meniscus in his left knee in the Ravens’ 2021 preseason finale, as well as his hamstrings, Dobbins only returned to the field at the week 3 last month. He played 35 offensive snaps in Week 4, but his playing time went down in Week 5.
While Dobbins’ recovery from surgery sidelines him for six weeks, a return in early December would give him about a month to prepare for a potential playoff run.
“I just feel like JK is pushing as hard as he can to get through this,” Harbaugh said Monday. “He’s a very good full-back at the moment, no doubt, and he’s only going to get better, and he’ll be back – and better – than he’s ever been before. What that timeframe is, it depends just.
With Dobbins out, the Ravens will likely rely on three running backs coming back from their own season-ending injuries. The Kenyan Drake, who averaged 11.9 yards per carry in his 119-yard burst on Sunday against the Giants, missed the Las Vegas Raiders’ last five games last season with an ankle injury .
Judge Hill, who averaged 6.6 yards per carry and was the Ravens’ most explosive running back this season, missed all of last year with a torn Achilles tendon. He was also ruled out of the last two games with a hamstring injury, although he is scheduled to play against Cleveland on Sunday.
Gus Edwards, who could make his season debut on Sunday, missed all of last year with a torn anterior cruciate ligament. He started this season on the physically unable to perform list, but returned to training in early October.
“He looked good in practice,” Harbaugh said of Edwards after Friday’s session, “and we’ll see where that takes us.”
The Ravens also have Mike Davis, who has eight carries for 18 yards this season but has been more valuable as a tackle.
Despite the team’s injuries, the Ravens rank third in the NFL in rushing efficiency, according to Football Outsiders, led by quarterback Lamar Jackson (56 carries for 451 yards) and one of the best offensive lines in the NFL.
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