Former Buckeye, Ravens RB J.K. Dobbins injures left knee in preseason finale


Baltimore Ravens running back J.K. Dobbins (27) is taken off the field after suffering an injury in the first half of a preseason NFL football game against the Washington Football Team, Saturday, Aug. 28, 2021, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

LANDOVER, Md. (AP) — Running back J.K. Dobbins injured his left knee early in the Baltimore Ravens preseason finale at Washington.

Dobbins going down early with a left knee injury is the biggest lingering effect for Baltimore with the regular season on the horizon. After catching a screen pass from quarterback Lamar Jackson, the second-year running back went down awkwardly midway through the first quarter. He was attended to on the field before being carted off the sideline and ruled out.

Dobbins rushed for 15 yards on two carries before the injury.

Dobbins ran for 805 yards and nine touchdowns and had 18 catches for 120 yards during his rookie season last year.

He was again expected to split carries in Baltimore’s backfield with Gus Edwards.

Dobbins ranks second all-time in rushing yards behind Buckeye legend Archie Griffin. Dobbins is also the all-time single-season rushing leader at Ohio State after running for 2,003 yards in 2019. For the 2019 campaign, in addition to the total yards, Dobbins also had 23 touchdowns and an average of 6.7 yards per carry. Dobbins ended his college career with 4,459 total rushing yards and 38 rushing touchdowns.

The 22-year-old Dobbins was drafted in the second round of the 2020 Draft.

The extent of the knee injury is not known. Roughly 90 minutes after Dobbins left the field, agent Zac Hiller tweeted: “All I know is @Jkdobbins22 is one of the toughest guys out there. No matter what it is this is only year 2 of 20.”

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