The NFL preseason has its latest victim.
Baltimore Ravens running back J.K. Dobbins was carted off the field during his team's final preseason game on Saturday with an apparent knee injury. It did not take long for the Ravens to rule him out for the rest of the game:
An MRI on Sunday confirmed he suffered a torn ACL that will end his season, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported.
Dobbins' injury occurred on a screen pass from Lamar Jackson, in which he ran the ball past the line of scrimmage, was tackled from the right by Washington Football Team linebacker Jordan Kunaszyk and landed on cornerback Jimmy Moreland. He immediately grabbed his left knee in pain.
Replay showed Dobbins' knee hyperextend as his leg collided with Moreland.
Ravens coach John Harbaugh didn't have an update on Dobbins after the game, but said that they would evaluate him on Sunday.
J.K. Dobbins is a big loss for Ravens
Missing Dobbins for the season is a significant loss for the Ravens, who drafted him in the second round of the 2020 NFL draft. The former Ohio State star looked like a star in the making as a rookie, posting 805 rushing yards and nine touchdowns while averaging 6.0 yards per rush.
Gus Edwards is the clear favorite to take the lion's share of carries in the Dobbins-less version of the Ravens' run-heavy offense. Justice Hill and Ty'Son Williams, who has impressed in preseason, are also candidates for increased appearances.
The Ravens are scheduled to open their season against the Las Vegas Raiders on Sept. 13.
Ravens set preseason record
Though Dobbins’ injury put a damper on the night, the Ravens beat Washington 37-3 to claim their 20th straight preseason win — which sets an unofficial NFL record.
The previous mark was set by Vince Lombardi and the Green Bay Packers from 1959-1962.
“I just think it’s really cool for the guys,” Harbaugh said. “I’m sure there’s a lot of guys watching on TV with their kids telling their kids about that accomplishment, telling them that they were a part of it … To me that’s the thing that means the most.”