Jamison HensleyESPN staff writer2 minutes to read
Owings Mills, Maryland – N.Y The Baltimore Ravens will soon have a head start in coaching for the first time this year.
JK Dobbins was activated from the list of those unable to perform on Monday, sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Monday. Dobbins did not participate in any off-season spring training, including the mandatory mini-camp, and missed the first 14 practices of training camp.
Ravens officials never determined Dobbins’ injury. At the start of training camp last month, Ravens coach John Harbaugh said Dobbins’ absence had “some of the complication of that.”
In this off-season, Dobbins expressed frustration about the state of his contract with WJZ-TV. Dobbins, 24, who is entering the final year of his rookie deal, is earning $1.391 million this season, which is slightly more than his backups, Gus Edwards and Justice Hill, both of whom will earn $1 million this year.
A second round pick in 2020, Dobbins ranked second among all NFL running backs with an average of 5.9 yards rushing over the past three seasons. Last season, he helped hold Baltimore’s offense without hitting quarterback Lamar Jackson. Dobbins averaged 99.3 yards rushing in the last four regular season games.
But Dobbins missed more games (27) than he played (23) in his career. He was sidelined throughout the 2021 season after suffering a major left knee injury in pre-season and then missed six consecutive matches last season after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on the same knee.
Last week, Harbaugh said he had spoken to Dobbins and expected his return soon, noting that “the ball is in JK’s court.”
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