J.K. Dobbins

Baltimore Ravens
Running Back #27
Baltimore Ravens
Running Back #27

J.K. Dobbins News

Confirmed inactive

Dobbins (rest) is inactive for Sunday's game in Cincinnati.

Analysis: TE Mark Andrews and G Kevin Zeitler also are inactive after not having injury designations for the game. Other starters may be rested as well in preparation for the wild-card round, and QB Tyler Huntley (shoulder) joins QB Lamar Jackson (knee) on the inactive list. Dobbins, Andrews and Zeitler will be back for the playoffs; the real question is whether Jackson and/or Huntley will be.

Jan 8, 2023 8:37 AM EST

Expected to be rested versus Bengals

The Ravens are expected to rest Dobbins in Sunday's regular-season finale against the Bengals, Jamison Hensley of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Though Dobbins doesn't carry an injury designation for the contest, it appears as though the Ravens are inclined to err on the side of caution with the running back, who was on IR earlier this season due to a knee issue, with an eye toward having him healthy for the team's upcoming postseason run. In his expected absence, Gus Edwards would figure to see an expanded role Sunday, with Justice Hill and Kenyan Drake also in Baltimore's Week 18 backfield mix.

Jan 8, 2023 4:58 AM EST

Leads backfield with 93 yards

Dobbins rushed 17 times for 93 yards and was not targeted in the passing game in Sunday's 16-13 loss to Pittsburgh.

Analysis: This Steelers-Ravens rivalry game lived up to the billing, producing a physical low-scoring bout. Dobbins did his part by churning out big chunks on the ground despite facing six-man defensive fronts at times. Head coach John Harbaugh stuck with the hot hand after fellow back Gus Edwards (three carries for two yards) struggled early in the contest. It will be important to monitor the result of the Bengals' game on Monday, as the Ravens will still have a chance to play for the division crown next week if they lose to the Bills. If Baltimore enters Week 18 with nothing meaningful to play for, it wouldn't be surprising to see the oft-injured Dobbins' playing time limited in preparation for postseason play.

Jan 1, 2023 8:59 PM EST

Splits workload Saturday

Dobbins carried the ball 12 times for 59 yards and failed to catch his only target in Saturday's 17-9 win over the Falcons.

Analysis: The third-year back handled one more carry than Gus Edwards but was outgained by the veteran 99 yards to 59 on a cold day that saw the Ravens lean heavily on their ground game. Dobbins has seen between 12 and 15 touches in all three games since returning from a knee injury, and with Baltimore having locked up a playoff spot Saturday, his workload will likely remain capped in Week 17 versus the Steelers. He reached 120 rushing yards in each of those first two games however, so he might still be productive even on that volume.

Dec 24, 2022 3:10 PM EST

Not on injury repor

Dobbins isn't listed on Wednesday's injury report as the Ravens prepare for a home game against Atlanta on Sunday.

Analysis: The Ravens listed Dobbins as 'rest/knee' Tuesday before returning him to full practice participation Wednesday. He's topped 100 rushing yards in both of his games since returning from injured reserve, but with only 28 carries total and while playing less than half of Baltimore's offensive snaps in both games. It is possible Dobbins gets more work down the stretch, and Sunday's matchup with the Falcons should help out.

Dec 21, 2022 1:46 PM EST

No practice for maintenance

Dobbins (rest/knee) didn't practice Tuesday.

Analysis: The decision to list him as 'rest/knee' suggests this is just about maintenance for Dobbins, who has stepped back in as the team's lead runner with back-to-back 100-yard games off of injured reserve. His workloads have been modest, however, with Dobbins doing his damage on 28 carries total while playing less than half the snaps in both games. It remains to be seen if his workload will grow as the Ravens fight for playoff position the next few weeks. Either way, he should be fine for Saturday's matchup with Atlanta.

Dec 20, 2022 1:46 PM EST

Extremely efficient against Browns

Dobbins rushed the ball 13 times for 125 yards in Saturday's 13-3 loss to the Browns. He added one reception for three yards.

Analysis: Dobbins led Baltimore in carries for the second consecutive week, and he nearly doubled Gus Edwards' seven rushing attempts. Dobbins was also extremely efficient with his opportunity, ripping off gains of 37, 25 and 16 yards to account for the majority of his production. In two games since returning from injured reserve, Dobbins has racked up 245 rushing yards on 28 carries.

Dec 17, 2022 4:56 PM EST

Excellent showing in return

Dobbins recorded 15 carries for 120 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 16-14 win over the Steelers.

Analysis: Dobbins was activated off injured reserve prior to Sunday's game and was active for the first time since Week 6. He split carries with Gus Edwards fairly evenly, though Dobbins ultimately led the way with two greater rushing attempts. Dobbins was also the far more efficient back, ripping off a long gain of 44 yards while also finding the end zone on a four-yard rush late in the first quarter. Dobbins isn't likely to completely take over the backfield in Baltimore due to the shaky strength of his knee, though the fact that he was trusted with 15 carries is a positive sign for his workload moving forward.

Dec 11, 2022 4:23 PM EST

Activated off IR

Dobbins (knee) was activated off injured reserve Saturday, Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Dobbins is now eligible to make his return this week against the Steelers after missing the team's past six games. However, even if the third-year back does make his return, he would likely see a limited role while splitting carries with Gus Edwards and Kenyan Drake. With Lamar Jackson (knee) potentially missing time, Dobbins and the ground game will be relied upon more in order to take pressure off of Tyler Huntley against a stout Pittsburgh defense.

Dec 10, 2022 9:09 AM EST

Looking good in practice

Offensive coordinator Greg Roman noted Thursday that Dobbins (knee) "is looking good" in his second week of practice since being designated him to return from IR, Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: "I really think that time off and what he was able to take care is going to make a big impact on his effectiveness," Roman said of Dobbins, who last suited up in Week 6. "We're excited about having him back." It remains to be seen if Dobbins is officially activated ahead of Sunday's game against the Steelers, but if he is, the 2020 second-rounder could well be eased back into the mix in 14, with Gus Edwards, Kenyan Drake and Justice Hill also in the Ravens' backfield corps.

Dec 8, 2022 2:14 PM EST

Not ready to play this week

Dobbins (knee) won't be activated from IR in advance of Sunday's game against the Broncos, Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: That said, coach John Harbaugh indicated that Dobbins could play as soon as Week 14 against the Steelers. In the meantime, Gus Edwards is slated to lead the Ravens' backfield this weekend, with Kenyan Drake and Justice Hill in line to continue to work in complementary roles.

Dec 2, 2022 10:22 AM EST

Unlikely to be activated Week 13

Dobbins (knee) practiced Thursday for the second day in a row, but the Ravens aren't expected to activate him from injured reserve ahead of Sunday's game against the Broncos, Jonas Shaffer of The Baltimore Sun reports.

Analysis: Baltimore officially designated Dobbins for return from IR on Wednesday, thereby opening a 21-day window in which he can be evaluated for a return to the 53-man roster. Because he's not currently a member of the roster, however, the Ravens don't have to disclose the extent of Dobbins' practice activity, though Shaffer's report would seem to suggest that the running back is being eased back into drills slowly after missing the past six weeks while recovering from an arthroscopic procedure on the same left knee in which he suffered an ACL tear last August. Assuming he experiences no setbacks with his knee while ramping back up, Dobbins could return to the lineup Week 14 or 15, but the Ravens look set to proceed with Gus Edwards, Kenyan Drake and Justice Hill as their active running backs for this Sunday's contest.

Dec 1, 2022 11:23 AM EST

Returns to practice

Dobbins (knee) is practicing Wednesday, which opens his 21-day window to return from injured reserve, Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: As promised by coach John Harbaugh earlier this week, Dobbins has been designated to return from injured reserve. He hasn't played since Week 6 while recovering from arthroscopic surgery on the same left knee in which he suffered an ACL tear last August. With the minor surgery seemingly going well, Dobbins should rejoin Baltimore's backfield within the next few weeks, possibly as soon as this Sunday against the Broncos. It's unclear how he'll split work with Gus Edwards and the team's other RBs, at least initially, but Dobbins typically has been viewed as the lead back in Baltimore when healthy.

Nov 30, 2022 11:30 AM EST

Return window opens

Per coach John Harbaugh, Dobbins (knee) will return to practice this week, opening the window for the running back to return from injured reserve, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Dobbins has been sidelined since Week 6 after having surgery to remove scar tissue from his knee. The Ravens will have 21 days to add Dobbins back onto the roster, so he could be available as soon as Week 13 against the Broncos. Even if he's given the green light to play against Denver, Dobbins will likely be eased back in while Gus Edwards, Kenyan Drake and Justice Hill continue to see playing time in Baltimore's backfield.

Nov 28, 2022 11:58 AM EST

Still a few weeks away from return

Coach John Harbaugh relayed Thursday that he would characterize Dobbins' knee procedure "as a smashing success as far as you can tell right now."

Analysis: That said, Harbaugh acknowledged that there was more scar tissue in Dobbins' knee than expected, while indicating that the running back should be back in 3 to 4 weeks, per Jonas Shaffer of The Baltimore Sun. While Dobbins remains on IR for the time being, the Ravens' backfield will continue to be led by Gus Edwards (hamstring) -- who won't practice Thursday -- along with Kenyan Drake and Justice Hill.

Nov 3, 2022 12:54 PM EST

Predictably placed on IR

Dobbins (knee) shifted to injured reserve Saturday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.

Analysis: This felt like the expected conclusion given Dobbins is expected to have his knee scoped following yet another knee injury. Perhaps more crucially for fantasy managers, Gus Edwards (knee) was activated off the PUP list Saturday, which means the bruising tailback immediately could insert himself into a backfield committee previously occupied by the uninspiring duo of Kenyan Drake and Justice Hill.

Oct 22, 2022 2:01 PM EST

Expected to have knee scoped

Dobbins is expected to undergo an arthroscopic knee procedure next week that could sideline the running back four-to-six weeks, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Dobbins has already been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Browns, but it looks like his absence will extend beyond Week 7. As long as he's unavailable, look for Kenyan Drake and Justice Hill to see added backfield touches, with Mike Davis in reserve and Gus Edwards (knee) a candidate to factor in once he is activated from the PUP list.

Oct 21, 2022 12:27 PM EST

Ruled out for Sunday

Dobbins (knee) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Browns after not practicing this week.

Analysis: With Dobbins out and thus targeting a potential return to action this coming Thursday against the Buccaneers look for Kenyan Drake to see an expanded workload in Week 7, with Justice Hill mixing in, Mike Davis in reserve and Gus Edwards (knee, PUP list) a potential activation ahead of Sunday's contest.

Oct 21, 2022 12:07 PM EST

Missing third straight practice

Dobbins (knee) is not practicing Friday, Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Dobbins hasn't practiced in any capacity since his surgically repaired left knee tightened up versus the Giants in Week 6, and at this point it would be surprising if he's active for a significant role versus the Browns on Sunday. Friday's official practice report will provide Dobbins with an official game designation, but if he can't go the Ravens will lean on Kenyan Drake, Justice Hill and perhaps Gus Edwards (knee, currently on the PUP list) to handle increased backfield roles against Cleveland.

Oct 21, 2022 9:03 AM EST

DNP on Thursday

Dobbins (knee) was a non-participant at practice Thursday, Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Dobbins didn't play in the second half of the Ravens' Week 6 loss at the Giants after his surgically repaired left knee tightened up. He hasn't practiced in the interim, which isn't a great sign that he'll be available Sunday versus the Browns. In the end, the team could clear up Dobbins' status when it releases Friday's injury report, but Kenyan Drake, Justice Hill and even Gus Edwards (knee, currently on the PUP list) could be beneficiaries this weekend and beyond.

Oct 20, 2022 11:22 AM EST

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