OWINGS MILLS, Md. – The Baltimore Ravens lost their second running back to injury for the entire season in a five-day span after Justice Hill suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon and the team got down to business trying possible replacements, including veteran Le’Veon Bell.
A source told ESPN that Hill suffered the injury in practice last Thursday, confirming a first report from the NFL Network. The veteran had returned to training last week after missing the final two preseason games with an ankle injury. The Achilles tendon tear is in the other leg.
Hill, Baltimore’s third-team running back, was injured shortly after the Ravens lost starter JK Dobbins, who suffered a torn ACL in the final preseason game on Aug. 28.
Hill, 23, was drafted by the Ravens in the fourth round of the 2019 draft and has 285 yards and two touchdowns in 28 NFL games.
In addition to Bell, who played the season with the New York Jets and Kansas City Chiefs, the Ravens also tested Devonta Freeman and Elijah Holyfield on Monday.
Baltimore had only two healthy running backs in practice: Gus Edwards and Ty’Son Williams.
The Ravens have finished as the NFL leaders in rushing yards the past two seasons.