Sep 10, 2023; Baltimore, Maryland, USA; Baltimore Ravens running back J.K. Dobbins (27) carries the ball against the Houston Texans during the first half at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

RB J.K. Dobbins agrees to one-year deal with Chargers

Running back J.K. Dobbins will join the Los Angeles Chargers on a one-year contract, his agents told numerous media outlets on Wednesday.

Dobbins, 25, spent the previous four years in Baltimore. With the Chargers, he will play under former Ravens offensive coordinator Greg Roman, who now holds the same position in Los Angeles.

In 2023, Dobbins sustained a season-ending Achilles tear in the season opener against the Houston Texans. He had eight carries for 22 yards in his abbreviated campaign.

Injuries affected his previous NFL seasons, too. After producing 805 rushing yards and nine touchdowns as a rookie in 2020, he tore an anterior cruciate ligament in a 2021 exhibition game and missed the entire season.

Dobbins returned to action in 2022 but was slowed by another knee injury that limited him to eight games. He wound up with 520 yards and two touchdowns that year.

The Ravens selected Dobbins in the second round of the 2020 draft (55th overall) out of Ohio State.

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Aug 12, 2023; Baltimore, Maryland, USA;  Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh stands with running back Melvin Gordon III (33) during the first half against the Philadelphia Eagles  at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

With J.K. Dobbins done for year, Ravens turn to Melvin Gordon

Melvin Gordon is the next man up for the Baltimore Ravens.

Head coach John Harbaugh confirmed starting running back J.K. Dobbins is out for the season with a ruptured Achilles, his second season-ending injury in the past three seasons.

But the Ravens aren’t planning to look at free agents to fill the void. At least not yet. Harbaugh said Melvin Gordon would be elevated from the practice squad as the Ravens (1-0) begin preparation for a trip to play the Cincinnati Bengals (0-1) on Sunday.

Baltimore plans to use a blend of running backs that will include Gordon, Gus Edwards and Justice Hill. Hill had two TD runs in Week 1 and Edwards logged a team-leading eight rushing attempts for 32 yards. Quarterback Lamar Jackson led the team with 38 rushing yards.

“Melvin Gordon is here for a reason. He’s a proven back and I’m very, very glad he’s here. We don’t plan to look outside the organization to add depth at running back. We love our backs,” Harbaugh said.

Gordon had 59 yards on 17 carries in the preseason. The 30-year-old was released in the final roster cut by the Ravens followed preseason, then re-signed to the practice squad.

The 15th overall pick in 2015, Gordon played for the Chargers until 2019, when he signed with the Denver Broncos as a free agent. He had 90 carries for 318 yards and two touchdowns with the Broncos in 2022.

A two-time Pro Bowl selection, Gordon has 1,567 career carries for 6,462 yards and 55 touchdowns.

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Sep 10, 2023; Baltimore, Maryland, USA; Baltimore Ravens running back J.K. Dobbins (27) carries the ball against the Houston Texans during the first half at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

Ravens RB J.K. Dobbins leaves with expected Achilles injury

Baltimore Ravens running back J.K. Dobbins left Sunday’s game with a leg injury the team fears could be a season-ending ruptured Achilles.

Dobbins left the field with an announced ankle injury with the Ravens controlling the game in the third quarter over the Houston Texans. Per multiple reports, the Ravens immediately feared Dobbins would be lost for the year with another season-ending injury.

Dobbins had eight carries for 22 yards and a touchdown, plus two receptions for 15 yards before exiting. He was replaced by Justice Hill and Gus Edwards.

Injuries have defined Dobbins’ NFL career. He was on the physically unable to perform list for most of training camp, practicing for the first time Aug. 15.

The 55th overall pick out of Ohio State in 2020, Dobbins missed the entire 2021 season with a torn ACL. He played four games in 2022 before requiring arthroscopic knee surgery and was unavailable until Week 14.

Later in the game, Ravens left tackle Ronnie Stanley suffered a right knee injury and was deemed questionable to return.

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Oct 16, 2022; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; Baltimore Ravens running back J.K. Dobbins (27) is tackled by New York Giants linebacker Jihad Ward (55) during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Ravens RB J.K. Dobbins to have knee surgery

Baltimore Ravens running back J.K. Dobbins is expected to undergo arthroscopic knee surgery and be sidelined for four to six weeks, ESPN reported on Friday.

The report surfaced shortly after the Ravens (3-3) officially ruled out Dobbins for Sunday’s game against the visiting Cleveland Browns (2-4).

Dobbins started the team’s last four games following his return from an ACL injury sustained last year. He was limited to just 16 snaps in Baltimore’s 24-20 loss to the New York Giants last Sunday.

Running back Kenyan Drake likely will be in for a larger workload in place of Dobbins, who has 35 carries for 123 yards and one touchdown this season.

Dobbins, 23, has rushed 169 times for 928 yards and 10 touchdowns in 19 career games since being selected by the Ravens in the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft.

Tight end Mark Andrews (knee) is listed as questionable to play against the Browns after being a limited participant in Friday’s practice. He sat out both sessions on Wednesday and Thursday.

Wide receiver Rashod Bateman (foot), cornerback Marcus Peters (quad), guard Ben Cleveland (foot), outside linebacker Justin Houston (groin), offensive tackle Morgan Moses (heel) and fullback Patrick Ricard (knee) also are listed as questionable for Sunday’s game.

Cleveland, in turn, ruled out Pro Bowl right guard Wyatt Teller (calf), two-time Pro Bowl cornerback Denzel Ward (concussion) and offensive tackle Joe Haeg (concussion) for Sunday’s contest.

Fourth-year veteran Hjalte Froholdt is expected to replace Teller and make his first career start.

“I think he’s gotten better from a technical standpoint,” head coach Kevin Stefanski said of Froholdt. “That’s just from him putting in the work. He’s playing next to (center) Ethan Pocic, a guy who also got here in the spring, but has gotten better and has worked hard at it. Part of it is understanding schematically, but also continuing to work on your craft and getting better in your technique.”

Defensive end Jadeveon Clowney (ankle, knee, elbow) and Isaac Rochell (undisclosed) were listed as questionable for Sunday’s game.

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Sep 13, 2021; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) and offensive tackle Ronnie Stanley (79) against the Las Vegas Raiders during Monday Night Football at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Ravens LT Ronnie Stanley doubtful, RB J.K. Dobbins questionable vs. Jets

Ravens left tackle Ronnie Stanley is doubtful and running back J.K. Dobbins questionable when Baltimore opens the 2022 regular season on Sunday.

The New York Jets officially ruled out quarterback Zach Wilson (knee) and left tackle Duane Brown (shoulder) for their Week 1 meeting.

Stanley played only in Week 1 last season before opting for another ankle surgery that ended his season. He worked out with the team in a limited capacity three times this week, but head coach John Harbaugh indicated getting Stanley into peak condition would be a priority before he takes the field.

If Stanley can’t go, Ja’Wuan James would move over from the right tackle position and has practiced as if he’d be the top left tackle to begin the season.

“Ja’Wuan has really made a commitment to changing sides over there, and he’s practiced really well,” Harbaugh said. “He’s ready to go, great spirit, great attitude, hard worker. I’m looking forward to seeing how he does.”

Dobbins missed last season with a knee injury but has been pushing to be on the field for Week 1, as has cornerback Marcus Peters (knee). Peters is also listed as questionable but did not practice on Friday. Harbaugh said Peters was off for a veteran rest day. Gameday in New Jersey is exactly one year from the date Peters landed on season-ending injured reserve in 2021.

Without Brown, the Jets are shuffling their offensive line.

Right tackle George Fant shifted back to left tackle in Friday’s practice and rookie Max Mitchell worked at right tackle.

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Jan 16, 2021; Orchard Park, New York, USA; Baltimore Ravens running back Gus Edwards (35) runs with the ball against the Buffalo Bills during the second half of an AFC Divisional Round playoff game at Bills Stadium. The Buffalo Bills won 17-3. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

Ravens put RB Gus Edwards (knee) on PUP list

The Baltimore Ravens put running back Gus Edwards on the reserve/physically unable to perform list Tuesday, meaning he’ll miss at least the first four games of the regular season.

Edwards, 27, missed the entire 2021 season after tearing his ACL days before the Ravens’ Week 1 game. Edwards will be eligible to return Oct. 9 against the Cincinnati Bengals.

“That’s kind of what we expected. We did not expect him to be back probably the first part of (the season),” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said Tuesday. “I’d say Gus is still on schedule. I fully expect him to play quite a bit of football this year.”

Edwards tore up his knee in the same practice as All-Pro cornerback Marcus Peters. Edwards was set to be RB1 after J.K. Dobbins tore his ACL in an August 2021 preseason game.

Dobbins’ status for Week 1 is also uncertain. He was activated off the PUP list on Aug. 8.

“We’ll see,” Harbaugh said, when asked if Dobbins would be ready for the start of the season. Mike Davis is next in line on the RB depth chart.

Edwards has played in 43 games (13 starts) for the Ravens since joining the club as an undrafted free agent in 2018. He has rushed for 2,152 yards and 10 touchdowns in a mostly backup role.

The Ravens also cut WRs Jaylon Moore, Bailey Gaither and Slade Bolden (injury-waived), linebacker Diego Fagot and tackle Jaryd Jones-Smith on Tuesday, the deadline to pare rosters down to 80.

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Nov 8, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; New Orleans Saints running back Latavius Murray (28) runs the ball against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the first quarter of a NFL game at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Ravens, RB Latavius Murray agree to 1-year deal

The Baltimore Ravens addressed their injury-ravaged backfield by agreeing to terms on a one-year contract with running back Latavius Murray, multiple media outlets reported Friday.

Per ESPN, the deal is worth up to $2 million.

Murray, 31, was released by the New Orleans Saints on Tuesday after reportedly refusing to take a pay cut. He signed a four-year, $14.4 million contract with the Saints in 2019.

The addition of Murray comes one day after Ravens running back Gus Edwards reportedly sustained a torn ACL in practice.

Edwards was elevated to the team’s No. 1 running back after J.K. Dobbins tore his ACL on Aug. 28 in a preseason game. The team also lost reserve running back Justice Hill to a torn Achilles on Sept. 2.

Murray is the latest in a number of new faces in the Ravens’ backfield. The team signed running backs Trenton Cannon, Le’Veon Bell and Devonta Freeman, with the latter two being placed on the practice squad.

Ty’Son Williams is expected to make his first career start in Baltimore’s season opener against the Las Vegas Raiders on Monday night.

As the Saints’ change-of-pace back behind Alvin Kamara, Murray rushed for 656 yards and four touchdowns in 15 games in 2020, averaging 4.5 yards per attempt. He added 176 receiving yards and one touchdown catch.

In his seven-year career with the then-Oakland Raiders (2014-16), Minnesota Vikings (2017-18) and Saints (2019-20), Murray has totaled 4,991 rushing yards and 43 rushing touchdowns.

–Field Level Media