Alex Collins Inactive vs. Raiders with Foot Injury

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistNovember 25, 2018

Baltimore Ravens running back Alex Collins #34 in action against the Cincinnati Bengals during an NFL football game on Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Rich Schultz)
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Baltimore Ravens running back Alex Collins has been ruled out vs. the Oakland Raiders with a foot injury, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com.

The inactive designation comes as a surprise. Per that report, Collins "practiced fully on Friday" but did "miss Thursday with a foot injury."

Collins, 24, has had a solid if unspectacular season for the Ravens, rushing for 411 yards and seven touchdowns. He's been mired in a committee situation in Baltimore for much of the season, with Gus Edward emerging last week as the latest name to join the platoon.

While Collins only saw seven carries for 18 yards and a score, Edwards was given 17 carries, turning them into 115 yards and a touchdown. Edwards was always likely to see a healthy workload against the Raiders, though with Collins out of action, his usage should only increase.

Jeff Zrebiec @jeffzrebiec

With Collins down, you'd expect Gus Edwards to shoulder much of the load on the ground. Could also be an opportunity for the Ravens to get Ty Montgomery going a bit.

Jamison Hensley @jamisonhensley

With Alex Collins (foot) inactive, Gus Edwards should become the featured back for Ravens for a second straight week. Last Sunday, Edwards carried the load and was on the field for 49 snaps, which were 32 more than Collins (17).

In Collins' absence, Javorius Allen could also see a greater workload, while scatback Ty Montgomery could pick up a few added touches.

Of course, if Baltimore's game plan is anything like it was against the Cincinnati Bengals, Lamar Jackson will see a healthy share of rushes as well. The rookie quarterback ran the ball a whopping 26 times for 119 yards in his starting debut last week, a workload that surely isn't sustainable. 

Jackson's ability to make plays with his legs is what makes him so dynamic, however, so it's hard to imagine the Ravens abandoning him in the run game. And against Oakland's 31st-ranked run defense (142.3 YPG), Baltimore should feature a run-heavy attack Sunday.