In the Baltimore Ravens final preseason game last night, starting running back J.K. Dobbins went down with what appeared to be a serious knee injury, sparking concern from around the NFL. The second-year ballcarrier needed assistance to get into the medical tent and was later carted off of the field.
Unfortunately, reports on Sunday morning indicate that the injury is serious.
According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the “initial fear” for the Ravens is that Dobbins suffered a season-ending knee injury. The 22-year-old will have an MRI done on Sunday to determine the extent of the damage.
“The initial fear is that Ravens RB J.K. Dobbins suffered a season-ending knee injury based on the early diagnosis, sources say,” Rapoport wrote on Twitter. “He’s having an MRI today to determine the full extent.
“An ACL tear is the belief, but all parties are waiting on the MRI to confirm.”
An ACL tear is the belief, but all parties are waiting on the MRI to confirm. https://t.co/aRjNWMxqSS
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 29, 2021
The news is devastating for the Ravens, but more so for Dobbins who was primed for huge season in just his second year in the NFL. He emerged as a lead ballcarrier for Baltimore in 2020 when he took 144 carries for 723 rushing yards and six touchdowns.
If the MRI confirms the feared diagnosis for Dobbins, the Ravens will be left looking for other options at running back. Gus Edwards and Ty’son Williams are Baltimore’s two best candidates to replace their starter, but neither one will be able to give the team the same level of production.
It’s possible that the Ravens could pursue a veteran free agent or a trade if Dobbins’ diagnosis is as bad as anticipated. However, with the regular season just two weeks away, Baltimore is running out of time to sure up the position.
Hopefully, Dobbins can begin his recovery process as soon as possible and fans will see him on the field in the near future.