Baltimore Ravens running back J.K. Dobbins was primed for a huge 2021, but an apparent knee injury might derail both his and the team’s plans.
No team needs its running back more than the Baltimore Ravens. This makes Saturday’s scene all the more terrifying.
On Saturday night in the team’s final preseason game, Ravens running back J.K. Dobbins went out for a screen before getting (legally) crunched by Washington Football Team corner Jimmy Moreland. By the video, it appears Dobbins’ left knee is bent straight backwards.
After the hit, the second-year runner did not get up before assistance came from the Baltimore sideline. Dobbins didn’t put any weight on the knee or leg before going into the medical tent. Dobbins was then carted to the locker room, per reports.
Ravens running back J.K. Dobbins sustained an apparent knee injury on Saturday
As a rookie out of Ohio State, Dobbins rushed for 805 yards and 6.0 yards per carry with nine touchdowns. He also notched 18 catches on 24 targets for another 120 yards.
For Baltimore, losing the 22-year-old Texas native would be a cruel blow. No team ran the ball more last year than Baltimore, high relies heavily on quarterback Lamar Jackson and Dobbins to play the two-man RPO game. Without Dobbins, Baltimore will still play its system, but to what impact?
The Ravens have their first regular-season game on Sept. 13, a Monday night affair in Las Vegas against the Raiders. They open their home slate six days later on Sunday Night Football against the Kansas City Chiefs.