Baltimore Ravens Declare Running Back Out for Week 13

Baltimore Ravens running back J.K. Dobbins isn't having the comeback season he would have hoped. Head coach John Harbaugh declared the third-year player out for Sunday's Week 13 matchup with the Denver Broncos due to his lingering knee injury.

Dobbins is eligible to return from injured reserve, but the Ravens will be cautious with his long-term health as they approach the postseason. They don't need to overextend themselves this week; the Ravens are comfortable 9.5-point favorites over the hapless Broncos.

Instead, Dobbins will miss his eighth game this year and his 25th since the 2021 season. He suffered an unfortunate ACL tear in that year's preseason and has yet to find his stride in the many months since. He averaged a middling 30.8 yards per game and 3.5 yards per attempt in his four starts this year. If that's the level of production he can offer in his current state, the Ravens are better off waiting until he's fully healthy and has regained his confidence.

Dobbins joined the Ravens as their 55th overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft after a stellar three-year career at Ohio State. He totalled an amazing 4459 rushing yards and 38 touchdowns for the Buckeyes while adding 645 yards and five touchdowns through the air. He carried on his excellent play into his rookie season, running for 805 yards and nine touchdowns at an excellent 6.0 yards per attempt.

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