J.K. Dobbins

Baltimore Ravens
Running Back #27
Baltimore Ravens
Running Back #27
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J.K. Dobbins News

May open camp on PUP list

Coach John Harbaugh said Monday there's a "chance" that Dobbins (knee) begins training camp on the PUP list, Jonas Shaffer of The Baltimore Sun reports.

Analysis: Harbaugh said both Dobbins and Gus Edwards (knee), who each missed the 2021 campaign due to torn ACLs, could need to start training camp on the PUP list. "We'll probably play it safe a little bit with those guys and take our time and just bring them along for the season," Harbaugh said. Dobbins still appears on track to return to full health in time for the start of the 2022 campaign, and there's not yet any indication that his recovery has run into any sort of setback. The fact that the Ravens have avoided any notable running back additions during free agency would appear to speak to the team's confidence in both Dobbins' and Edwards' recoveries.

Mar 28, 2022 8:55 AM EST

Progressing toward return

GM Eric DeCosta relayed Wednesday that he's "very confident" that Dobbins (knee) is "going to come back and really flourish this year."

Analysis: While it remains to be seen when Dobbins -- who tore his ACL last August -- will be full go, DeCosta notes that the Ravens "are very, very confident that (the 2020 second-rounder) will come back and be the type of player that he was two years ago." Once Dobbins re-establishes the soundness of his knee, he'll look to reclaim his role in a Baltimore backfield that also has Gus Edwards (knee) and Justice Hill (Achilles) -- who are also bouncing back from injuries -- currently under contract for the coming season.

Mar 2, 2022 2:20 PM EST

Surgery successful

Dobbins underwent successful surgery to repair his torn ACL on Tuesday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Dobbins is expected to make a full recovery, and the timing of his injury should allow the starting running back to be ready by the start of next season if he avoids any setbacks. With fellow running back Gus Edwards sustaining a potentially serious knee injury of his own in practice Thursday, the Ravens are perilously thin in the backfield heading into the season.

Sep 9, 2021 1:08 PM EST

Moves to injured reserve

The Ravens placed Dobbins (knee) on injured reserve Monday, Ryan Mink of the team's official site reports.

Analysis: Dobbins sustained a season-ending ACL tear during Saturday's preseason game against Washington, so his shift to IR doesn't come as an sort of surprise. The transaction officially rules him out for the 2021 campaign. With Dobbins out of the picture this season, Gus Edwards appears slated to kick off Sept. 13's season opener against the Raiders as Baltimore's backfield leader, with Ty'Son Williams and Justice Hill (ankle) also available to share the workload. The Ravens may also still consider adding further running back depth.

Aug 30, 2021 1:24 PM EST

Season-ending ACL injury

An MRI confirmed that Dobbins has suffered a season-ending torn ACL, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: With that, look for Dobbins to head to IR in the coming days. Meanwhile, Gus Edwards is slated to open the 2021 season as Baltimore's lead rusher, with Ty'Son Williams and Justice Hill (ankle) also in the mix for the team's backfield touches.

Aug 29, 2021 11:36 AM EST

Injury likely season-ending

Dobbins is undergoing an MRI on his left knee, but the expectation is that the running back suffered a season-ending injury in Saturday's preseason game against Washington, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, it is feared that Dobbins tore his ACL, but either way it looks like the Ravens are bracing to lose their top back for an extended period. Gus Edwards is thus poised to open the 2021 season as the team's lead rusher, with Ty'Son Williams and Justice Hill (ankle) also in the mix for backfield touches.

Aug 29, 2021 7:20 AM EST

Concern regarding knee injury

There's concern that Dobbins may have sustained a major left knee injury during Saturday's preseason game against Washington, Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: While coach John Harbaugh declined to comment on his level of concern regarding the second-year back's injury after the contest, he did relay that Dobbins is set to undergo tests Sunday, noting "we'll see where we're at, at that point in time." Though a timetable for 2020 second-rounder is pending the results of the medical evaluations he's slated to undergo, Zrebiec speculates that even if the Ravens "get good news Sunday on Dobbins, he's going to miss extensive time." In such a scenario, Gus Edwards would be in a position to open the 2021 season as the team's lead back, with Ty'Son Williams, Justice Hill (ankle) also in the mix for backfield touches.

Aug 29, 2021 6:38 AM EST

To undergo tests Sunday

Coach John Harbaugh said after Saturday's preseason win at Washington that Dobbins (knee/leg) will "get tested tomorrow, and we'll see where we're at, at that point in time."

Analysis: Dobbins remained on the field for a spell at the end of a two-yard gain on a screen pass. He required assistance to reach the sideline tent and eventually needed a cart to get to the locker room. Following Sunday's examination, the Ravens likely have a better idea of the extent of his injury, which currently is murky. If Dobbins is sidelined for any length of time, Gus Edwards figures to be the team's No. 1 running back in those contests, with some combination of Justice Hill (ankle) and Ty'Son Williams mixing into one of the NFL's most run-oriented offenses.

Aug 28, 2021 6:21 PM EST

Taken to locker room after injury

Dobbins (knee/leg) was carted to the locker room after his early exit from Saturday's preseason game against Washington, Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Trainers helped Dobbins off the field and toward the medical tent, where he spent a few minutes before being sent off on a cart for the locker room. He's done for the day after making brief appearances in each of Baltimore's three preseason games, wrapping things up in the worst way possible. If Dobbins isn't ready for the regular-season opener, Gus Edwards will lead Baltimore's backfield in a friendly road matchup with Las Vegas.

Aug 28, 2021 3:34 PM EST

Exits with potential knee injury

Dobbins was helped off the field after suffering an apparent left leg/knee injury during the first quarter of Saturday's preseason game against Washington, Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Dobbins stayed down on the field at the end of a two-yard gain on a screen pass. He limped off with his arms around trains after a couple minutes, and presumably will be held out for the rest of the game. With Justice Hill (undisclosed) already out, the remaining Baltimore RBs are Gus Edwards, Ty'Son Williams and Nate McCrary.

Aug 28, 2021 3:23 PM EST

Four carries Saturday

Dobbins ran for eight yards on four carries in Saturday's preseason game against Carolina.

Analysis: Dobbins and Gus Edwards both saw four carries, giving Baltimore's two lead running backs a chance to work a bit on their rhythm with the regular season approaching. With no Mark Ingram around it could provide a viable breakout platform for Dobbins after running for 805 yards and nine touchdowns on 134 carries last year (6.0 YPC).

Aug 21, 2021 7:13 PM EST

Gets co-starter tag for preseason opener

Dobbins is listed as a co-starter alongside Gus Edwards for the Ravens' preseason opener against the Saints.

Analysis: The expectation throughout the offseason has been that Dobbins would be the clear-cut lead back for the Ravens, but this depth chart puts that into some question. Edwards was extended during the offseason and clearly has a valuable function in the offense that will not disappear. Dobbins still projects to be the starter and the No.1, and it's important to note that this is merely a preseason depth chart. That said, Edwards' role must be seriously considered when analyzing Dobbins' workload for the upcoming season.

Aug 10, 2021 9:22 AM EST

Improving as pass catcher

Head coach Jim Harbaugh indicated Tuesday that Dobbins has made significant progress as a receiver in the passing game, Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Dobbins displayed explosiveness as a runner last season (6.0 YPC) but appears to be targeting additional reps by enhancing his abilities as a receiver in the passing game. The second-year back saw his workload increase down the stretch last season, averaging 12.8 carries for 82.5 yards and 1.2 rushing touchdowns per game over his final six games played, which could signal a breakout sophomore campaign for him.

Jun 8, 2021 11:18 AM EST

TD streak broken in playoff loss

Dobbins ran the ball 10 times for 42 yards, hauling in three of five targets for 51 yards during Saturday's 17-3 divisional-round loss to the Bills.

Analysis: Dobbins came into the AFC playoff matchup having posted eight rushing scores over his past seven outings, but Buffalo held the rookie back without a TD despite him receiving three red-zone carries. As was a prevailing trend over the latter stages of the season with Mark Ingram a frequent healthy scratch, Baltimore deployed Gus Edwards and Dobbins in equal measure on the ground as each back garnered 10 rush attempts Saturday night. The rookie from Ohio State closed out the campaign with double-digit rush attempts over seven of his final eight games of the season, racking up an astronomical 6.0 yards per carry during that span. The 22-year-old plays in as a vital part of the Ravens' ground attack looking ahead to 2021, after he totaled 805 yards and nine TDs on 134 carries in the regular season.

Jan 16, 2021 9:25 PM EST

Continues scoring streak

Dobbins rushed nine times for 43 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 20-13 wild-card win over the Titans. He also caught his only target but lost six yards.

Analysis: Dobbins was once again efficient on the ground despite not racking up the yards overall. His four-yard touchdown to start the third quarter gave the Ravens their first lead of the game, one they wouldn't relinquish. In finding the end zone, the rookie has now scored at least once in each of his last seven games, putting Dobbins in fantastic form ahead of the AFC divisional round.

Jan 10, 2021 1:15 PM EST

Erupts to close regular season

Dobbins rushed the ball 13 times for 160 yards and two touchdowns in Week 17 against the Bengals.

Analysis: Dobbins had a relatively quite first half, logging eight rushes for 45 yards. However, he had a big role in closing out the Ravens' victory, racking up touchdowns of 72 and four yards. After failing to command double-digit rushing attempts in the team's first six games, Dobbins has exploded in his final nine contests by racking up 651 rushing yards and seven touchdowns on the ground. He'll enter the Ravens' playoff matchup as the team's lead back.

Jan 3, 2021 2:30 PM EST

Solid effort despite brief exit

Dobbins rushed 11 times for 77 yards and a touchdown and failed to bring in his only target in the Ravens' 27-13 win over the Giants on Sunday.

Analysis: Dobbins was forced briefly from the game in the second half with a chest injury, and although he returned to the contest, he did not log any additional touches. The rookie put some good work in for the day, however, scoring his seventh touchdown of the season on a two-yard run in the first quarter and also boosting his overall numbers with a game-long 25-yard run. Dobbins will head into a Week 17 road battle versus the vulnerable Bengals defense with at least 70 rushing yards in three of his past five contests and a five-game rushing TD streak.

Dec 27, 2020 2:10 PM EST

Back in the game

Dobbins who exited Sunday's game against the Giants with a chest injury, was able to return to the contest, Jonas Shaffer of The Baltimore Sun reports.

Analysis: Now that he's back in the mix, Dobbins will resume sharing the Ravens' Week 16 running back duties with Gus Edwards.

Dec 27, 2020 12:43 PM EST

Leaves Sunday's game

Dobbins was forced out of Sunday's game against the Giants with a chest injury.

Analysis: Prior to his exit from the contest, Dobbins logged 11 carries for 77 yards and a TD. In his absence, Gus Edwards will head the Ravens' Week 16 backfield.

Dec 27, 2020 12:26 PM EST

Leads backfield again

Dobbins carried the ball 14 times for 64 yards and a touchdown in Week 15 against the Jaguars. He added one reception for 17 yards.

Analysis: Dobbins paced the Ravens' backfield, though Gus Edwards still commanded nine carries to eat into his workload. His longest rush came on the fifth play from scrimmage, when he racked up 11 yards along the left side of the offensive line. Dobbins continued to rush well throughout the first half, ripping off runs of seven, eight, and nine yards on two seperate drives before plunging into the end zone from two yards away to cap the latter. He has now hit pay dirt in four consecutive games, and will head into a Week 16 matchup against the Giants with a seemingly secure workload.

Dec 20, 2020 3:16 PM EST

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