OWINGS MILLS, Md. — The NFL’s most dominant rush attack will be without one of its top runners to start the season.
Baltimore Ravens running back Gus Edwards was placed on reserve on Tuesday/physically unable to perform on the list, which will sideline him for at least the first four games of the regular season. He is one of only two players in NFL history to rush at least 700 yards and average more than 5 yards per carry in the first three seasons of his career.
This was one of Baltimore’s six moves to reduce the roster to 80 players.
Edwards, 27, tore an ACL in practice last September, missing the entire season. He signed a two-year extension worth $10 million in June of last year and has not played a game since.
“We didn’t expect him to be back, probably the first part of… [the season]Ravens coach John Harbaugh. “Gus is still on track and I expect he will play quite a bit of football this year.”
Edwards’ absence is compounded by uncertainty over the recovery of JK Dobbins, who is looking to return from a torn left ACL from a year ago. Dobbins has been limited to individual exercises since PUP’s activation on August 8. When asked last week if Dobbins would be ready for the regular season, Harbaugh said, “We’ll see.”
Mike Davis, who is entering his eighth season, has started to decline in the first two preseason games and could play a prominent role early in the season. He was legally absent on Tuesday due to the birth of his child.
The Ravens have averaged an NFL-best 180.5 yards rushing per game per game since 2019. In the past three seasons, Baltimore has also played the ball 1,668 times, which is 151 more than any other team in the league.
In other injury news, Ravens Tyler Linderbaum’s first round pick returned to training. The rookie center injured his left foot on August 4. Linderbaum was restricted during the media viewing portion of the training, but he did shoot at quarterback Lamar Jackson.
Another rookie, backup defensive tackle Travis Jones, is expected to miss three to five weeks after spraining his left knee in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s game.
“It just depends on how quickly he recovers and how good he looks when he comes back,” Harbaugh said.
The Ravens also announced that they have signed wide receiver Demarcus Robinson, who has received a total of 1,679 yards for the Kansas City Chiefs over the past five seasons. Robinson was cut by the Las Vegas Raiders last week.