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NFL Network National Insider Ian Rapoport reports Ravens RB JK Dobbins as “no sure thing” to get back on the field before week one.
The Baltimore Ravens are running back and the second-round pick in the draft in 2020, JK Dobbins is not sure what is in week 1 of the ’22 season.
NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport had this to say about Dobbins’ improvement to this point:
“It sounds like the recovery is going well, he is pushing as hard as he possibly can, there has really been no decline. That being said, just based on the timing of his injury, my understanding is that he is not sure what to do in week one. “
Prior to the first week of the 2021 season, Dobbins – as well as his backup, Gus Edwards – suffered a season that ended the ACL tear. At least that was what was understood by anyone who did not follow the situation closely. According to Rapoport, “It was a serious, complex injury. It was an ACL, it was a meniscus, there was damage to the lateral side … there was a lot.”
Athletes have been known to recover in a year or less from a straight ACL tear, but when multiple ligaments in the knee go out at the same time, the recovery process becomes far more extensive. It takes much longer to build back strength, mobility and most importantly, confidence in a completely rebuilt knee.
Gus Edwards’ injury was not nearly as serious or complex, but even with his chance to come back in time for week one, the team has taken precautions to ensure they have enough depth.
Ravens signed veteran Mike Davis shortly after the draft to bolster the depth in the backcourt.
Back in May, the Ravens bought 29-year-old veteran Mike Davis after he was released from the Atlanta Falcons. The Davis signing, which came just after the NFL Draft, was an insurance move to stack bodies in the back room.
Baltimore drafted Missouri running back Tyler Badie in the sixth round, and although he is expected to have a high up-side, it looks like the team did not feel completely confident in giving him government power in the worst case – Dobbins and Edwards are unavailable to to start the season.
With Raven’s training camp starting July 27, fans are nine days away from learning how accurate this report is.