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According to multiple reports, the Ravens are assuming RB J.K. Dobbins will miss the season because of the left knee injury he suffered Saturday night. The 2nd-year back is having an MRI to confirm the diagnosis today, but NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that the team believes Dobbins tore the ACL. His loss obviously boosts Gus Edwards, Justice Hill and Ty'Son Williams. Don't be surprised, though, if Baltimore adds another RB as rosters get trimmed down around the league.

Update: Per ESPN's Adam Schefter, Dobbins is officially out for the season with an ACL tear.

The Athletic's Jeff Zrebiec confirms that Ravens RB J.K. Dobbins has a "potentially serious" knee injury. "At this point, anything short of Dobbins being declared out for the season Sunday would have to be considered a win for the Ravens," Zrebiec adds. It's speculation based on reactions from Dobbins, Ravens players and Ravens coaches on Saturday -- but this doesn't look good. We should get a more concrete diagnosis on Dobbins after he gets his MRI on Sunday. If you're drafting in the meantime, we wouldn't consider him until the double-digit rounds.

"The belief among Ravens powers that be is that the [J.K.] Dobbins knee injury is indeed serious," insider Michael Silver tweeted on Saturday night. That's the only update we've seen on Dobbins since he had to be helped off the field and carted back to the locker room after hurting his left knee in Baltimore's final preseason game. Stay tuned.

Ravens RB J.K. Dobbins injured his left knee in Saturday's preseason game. He was in obvious pain and needed assistance to get off the field and into the medical tent. He was eventually carted back to the locker room. We'll update Dobbins' status as soon as we know more.

The Ravens and RB Gus Edwards have agreed to a 2-year, $10 million extension, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. He's now signed through the 2023 season and is the league's 15th-highest-paid RB in terms of average annual salary. It's a well-deserved raise for a guy who's averaged 5.2 yards on 414 carries over his first 3 NFL seasons. Edwards has ranked 19th, 20th and 28th in Elusive Rating those 3 years. He'll continue to play a bigger role for the Ravens than J.K. Dobbins owners would like to see.

Ravens OC Greg Roman believes RB J.K. Dobbins can be a "viable weapon in the passing game ... That's something we're working on diligently every day -- a threat out of the backfield." We don't doubt that Dobbins can be an asset as a pass-catcher. He tallied 71 receptions over 3 seasons at Ohio State. The question is whether the Ravens will actually get him more action in that department. Dobbins saw just 24 targets last year -- and Ravens RBs combined for just 50. That number checked in at 51 back in 2019, QB Lamar Jackson's first full season as starter. For perspective, 17 RBs topped 51 targets by themselves last year. So file this under "believe it when we see it." If Dobbins truly did take on a significant passing-game role this season, though, he'd be a strong bet for a RB1 finish.

The Ravens tendered restricted free-agent RB Gus Edwards. The level of the tender hasn't been disclosed, but it's believed to be a 2nd-rounder, according to The Baltimore Sun. "Gus is going to be on the team, one way or the other," GM Eric DeCosta said Tuesday. "We're going to certainly tender him if we don't get a long-term deal done, but he is a Raven. He played his butt off this year, and he had a good season for us." Edwards has averaged 5.0+ yards per carry in all 3 seasons with Baltimore and set career highs with 144 carries, 723 yards and 6 TDs last year. He figures to see similar volume in 2021, making him a fringe fantasy option and a drain on RB J.K. Dobbins' value.

The Ravens released RB Mark Ingram. The move was a no-brainer, with Ingram due to make $5 million in 2021. The 31-year-old ranked near the bottom of the league in missed tackles forced and yards after contact per attempt this past season and was a healthy scratch for most of the games down the stretch. He figures to latch on elsewhere at least for training camp this summer but isn't a good bet for a 2021 fantasy impact. J.K. Dobbins is set to enter next season as Baltimore's lead back. We'll see if the Ravens bring back restricted free agent Gus Edwards and/or make any other additions to the backfield.

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Ravens RB Gus Edwards (back) is active for today’s game vs. the Bengals. He’ll continue to work as the 1B behind RB J.K. Dobbins. RB Mark Ingram is also active for the 1st time since Week 14.

Ravens RB Gus Edwards (back) is expected to play vs. the Bengals today, while RB Mark Ingram will remain a healthy scratch, per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. J.K. Dobbins and Edwards will continue to form a 1-2 punch in the backfield.

Ravens RB Gus Edwards (back) is listed as questionable for this weekend’s game vs. the Bengals. He was added to the injury report and limited on Friday. Edwards’ absence would likely put RB Mark Ingram back in the fold — but also mean a boost in touches for RB J.K. Dobbins.

Ravens RB J.K. Dobbins isn't listed on the Week 17 injury report. He left last week's game with a rib injury but is evidently good to go for Sunday's finale vs. the Bengals. The rookie has been Baltimore's lead back over his last 5 games, averaging 12.8 carries -- but just .8 targets.

Ravens RB J.K. Dobbins suffered a rib injury in the 2nd half of Sunday's game vs. the Giants. We'll look for an update on the severity. The rookie's absence left Gus Edwards as Baltimore's top back.

Ravens RB Mark Ingram is a healthy scratch for today's game against the Jaguars. He had fallen to 4th on the depth chart last week, playing just 1 snap. So there's not much of a fantasy impact here. J.K. Dobbins, Gus Edwards and Justice Hill will again serve as Baltimore's top 3 RBs today.

Ravens RBs J.K. Dobbins has been activated from the COVID list and will return for Tuesday night’s game against the Cowboys. When we last saw the rookie back in Week 11, he carried 15 times for 70 yards and a score while playing 63% of Baltimore’s offensive snaps. A similar role would make him an upside RB2 in a plus matchup vs. Dallas.

Ravens RBs J.K. Dobbins and Mark Ingram were not activated from the COVID list for today's game vs. the Steelers. We'll see if they're able to return for Tuesday night's game vs. the Cowboys. It'll be Gus Edwards, Justice Hill and practice-squad call-up Ty'Son Williams in the Ravens' backfield vs. Pittsburgh's 5th-ranked RB defense.

ESPN's Jamison Hensley doesn't expect Ravens RBs J.K. Dobbins or Mark Ingram to play against the Steelers on Wednesday afternoon. Both guys are eligible to be activated from the COVID list, but it sounds like the time away from the team will keep them off the field today. We'll find out for sure around 2 pm ET. Dobbins and Ingram's absences would leave Gus Edwards as Baltimore's lead back, with Justice Hill the #2.

With the Ravens-Steelers game being moved to Wednesday, RBs J.K. Dobbins and Mark Ingram are now eligible to return from the COVID list and play, according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero. It feels like months ago, but Dobbins broke out for 70 yards and a score on 15 carries when we last saw Baltimore vs. the Titans. Ingram and Gus Edwards combined for just 5 carries in that one. We can't know what the time on the COVID list will mean for Dobbins' role, but he's the best bet for fantasy points in the Ravens' backfield on Wednesday (assuming the game is played).

The Ravens had no new positive COVID tests on Saturday, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter, and their game vs. the Steelers is still on for Tuesday night. QB Lamar Jackson, RB J.K. Dobbins and RB Mark Ingram -- along with a host of others -- will miss the game on the Baltimore side. Pittsburgh will be without RB James Conner.

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