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Ravens fear Gus Edwards, Marcus Peters both suffered torn ACLs in Thursday practice

Jan 16, 2021; Orchard Park, New York, USA; Baltimore Ravens running back Gus Edwards (35) runs with the ball against the Buffalo Bills during the second half of an AFC Divisional Round playoff game at Bills Stadium. The Buffalo Bills won 17-3. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

The Baltimore Ravens’ bad injury luck hit a critical point Thursday in practice when running back Gus Edwards and cornerback Marcus Peters both left practice with serious knee injuries.

There’s concern Edwards and Peters both suffered torn ACLs, sources told NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport on Thursday.

Edwards has averaged over 5.0 yards per carry and 3.2 yards per carry after contact in each season of his NFL career, grading well in all three years. A big back at over 230 pounds, Edwards has also been adept at turning creases into big gains, with 10 runs of 15 or more yards last season from 162 carries.

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Edwards was looking at a far bigger opportunity as Baltimore's lead back in 2021 after J.K. Dobbins suffered a season-ending knee injury himself.

Le'Veon Bell — just signed to the practice squad — will likely be activated and see his first significant action in some time. Bell had just three games with more than 10 carries playing for two teams last season. Click here to find PFF's NFL player grades.


Ty'Son Williams is the starter for the Ravens at least for Week 1. Williams becomes a borderline flex play, as Baltimore wasn't sure if it would elevate Le'Veon Bell to the active roster for Sunday's game. Click here to find PFF's 2021 fantasy rankings.

Bell could could become the lead back sooner than later. Both Williams and Bell are must-adds if available in any fantasy league. Trenton Cannon is also on the active roster but  will probably remain more of a special teams player. Click here to find PFF's fantasy stats.

The Ravens could still add another running back. Considering how important the position is to Baltimore, it's quite possible the team adds another back. The Texans have traded some veterans recently and could feasibly return Mark Ingram II to Baltimore. Click here to find PFF's fantasy projections.

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