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The Baltimore Ravens suffered a big loss in the final preseason game as running back J.K. Dobbins suffered a season-ending knee injury. Dobbins suffered the injury on the opening drive of the Ravens’ 37-3 rout of the Washington Football Team on Saturday.
Dobbins tore the ACL in his left knee on the ninth play of the game, though some are wondering why coach John Harbaugh was even playing Dobbins and other starters in the game. Harbaugh pointed out that Dobbins had only played 23 plays in the preseason and that the Ravens don’t play their starters as much as some other teams.
“But there are other teams that don’t play their guys at all,” Harbaugh said. “They don’t play their starters for one snap. We are probably as close to that as we’ve … I know we’re farther down that road than we’ve ever been. We played our guys so little this offseason. It’s just been how we’ve done it. But any time a guy gets hurt, you ask yourself those questions.”
Dobbins was entering his first season as the feature back for the Ravens after rushing for 805 yards and nine touchdowns in 2020 as a rookie. He averaged 6.0 yards per carry, the second-highest average by a rookie running back over the last 20 seasons.
Baltimore will now turn to Gus Edwards and Ty’Son Williams to handle the ball-carrying duties at the running back position. Edwards has averaged 5.2 yards per carry over the last three seasons, while Williams was an undrafted back out of BYU that rushed for 131 yards this preseason (5.5 yards per carry).
The Ravens are among the top contenders for the AFC title this season, according to the BetUS Sportsbook’s AFC Championship odds. Baltimore has +850 odds to win the AFC championship, trailing the Kansas City Chiefs (+225), Buffalo Bills (+600) and Cleveland Browns (+750).