Whoever put a curse on the Baltimore Ravens running backs can probably stop now. The team reportedly cut practice short Thursday after running back Gus Edwards and cornerback Marcus Peters sustained potentially significant knee injuries on back-to-back plays, according to Ian Rapoport and Mike Garafolo of NFL Network.
The team has not diagnosed either injury yet, though it reportedly fears both players experienced ACL injuries.
That appears to be the case with with Edwards and Peters, who reportedly both sustained torn ACL during Thursday's practice.
If true, both Edwards and Peters will miss the entire 2021 NFL season while rehabbing from those injuries.
Losing either player for a significant amount of time would have a massive effect on the Ravens. Peters, 28, is considered one of the best corners in the game. He's made three Pro Bowls, two All-Pro teams and won the Defensive Rookie of the Year award in 2015.
Ravens continue to lose running backs to injury
Edwards, 26, was expected to see a significant increase in playing time after J.K. Dobbins sustained a torn ACL in August. Just days after Dobbins' injury, Justice Hill, who was expected to back up Edwards, was also lost to a season-ending injury.
Prior to signing Le'Veon Bell to the practice squad Tuesday, Baltimore had just two healthy running backs on the roster, Edwards and Ty'Son Williams.
With Edwards out, Williams and Bell will likely get carries in Week 1. The team did add another running back Thursday, signing Devonta Freeman to the practice squad, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Both Bell and Freeman worked out for the team Monday.
It's also possible the team signs a free agent — like recent New Orleans Saints cut Latavius Murray — before the start of the 2021 season.
Until then, the team might want to consider putting all their remaining running backs in bubble wrap until Monday's game.