Edwards becomes third running back to suffer season-ending injury in 12 days; while there is depth in Peters’ position, it won’t be easy to replace the interceptions leader
OWINGS MILLS, Md. – Baltimore Ravens to lose running back Gus Edwards and cornerback Marcus Peters for knee injuries confirmed Adam Schefter from ESPN.
Edwards and Peters tore their ACLs during practice ThursdayThey pointed to Schefter. Baltimore did not practice with a full team Thursday. Both players underwent tests to confirm the initial diagnoses.
This continues a terrible injury streak for Baltimore and gives a big blow to the Ravens’ Super Bowl aspirations.
Edwards becomes the third running back to suffer a season-ending injury in 12 days. JK Dobbins tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in the preseason final on August 28 and Justice Hill injured an Achilles tendon on September 9.
Ty’Son Williams, a practice player from a year ago who doesn’t have a single carry in the NFL, becomes the leader of the Ravens. The other two running backs on the roster, Trenton Cannon and Le’Veon Bell (practice squad), only began training with the Ravens on Wednesday.
The Ravens will also sign free agency running back Devonta Freeman to their practice squad on Thursday, their agent, Drew Rosenhaus, told Schefter. Freeman is expected to be promoted to the active roster.
Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson and wide receiver Marquise “Hollywood” Brown posted good wishes to their injured teammates on Twitter.
The Ravens have had the most dominant running game in the NFL, leading the league in rushing runs the past two seasons. Dobbins and Edwards totaled 1,528 yards rushing last season, representing 81% of Baltimore’s running backs’ output. Edwards signed a three-year, $ 12.38 million deal in June that included $ 8 million in guaranteed money.
The loss of Peters represents the most significant injury for the defense this year. The Ravens have depth with cornerbacks, but it will be difficult to replace Peters’ playmaking ability. His 31 interceptions lead the NFL since he entered the league in 2015.
Since Peters was traded to Baltimore in Week 9 of 2019, the Ravens have allowed the fewest yards per pass attempt (6.1) and tied for the second fewest touchdown passes allowed (31), according to research by ESPN Stats & Info.
Anthony Averett, a fourth-round pick in 2018, would be a candidate to replace Peters and start alongside Marlon Humphrey.
The Ravens open the season at the Las Vegas Raiders at the Monday Night Football.