Report: Mark Ingram, J.K. Dobbins Not Expected to Play; Gus Edwards to Start

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistDecember 2, 2020

Baltimore Ravens running back J.K. Dobbins (27) celebrates his touchdown run with running back Mark Ingram (21) during the second half of an NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns, Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020, in Baltimore. The Ravens won 38-6. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
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Baltimore Ravens running backs Mark Ingram and J.K. Dobbins are reportedly expected to sit out Wednesday's game against the Pittsburgh Steelers despite being eligible for activation from the reserve/COVID-19 list. 

Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reported Gus Edwards will draw the start in the Ravens backfield.

The initial plan would have seen Ingram and Dobbins fly into Pittsburgh on game day since they weren't cleared to travel with the team Tuesday, per Tom Pelissero of the NFL Network.

Instead the Ravens, who are also without starting quarterback Lamar Jackson, will move forward with Edwards and Justice Hill as their main rushing options. They could also promote rookie Ty'Son Williams from the practice squad for additional depth.

Baltimore will likely utilize a run-heavy offensive attack with Robert Griffin III being thrust into the starting lineup under center.

Griffin has thrown 23 touchdowns and 24 interceptions since 2013 after a terrific rookie campaign that featured 20 scores and just five picks with Washington in 2012.

So the best chance for the Ravens (6-4) to keep pace with the unbeaten AFC North rival Pittsburgh Steelers (10-0) will be a clock-eating run game.

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Edwards, who's averaged an impressive 5.1 yards per attempt across 355 career carries, could receive upwards of 20 touches against the Steelers.

"I just got to focus on the season right now, just playing football," Edwards said on Glenn Clark Radio in November (via Logan Arneson of PressBox). "[I'm] trying to win a Super Bowl, trying to win every week, for real."

The last time he received more than 20 carries in a game was Week 17 against Pittsburgh last year, which resulted in him rushing for 130 yards. The Ravens will hope for a similar performance Wednesday.

Kickoff at Heinz Field is scheduled for 3:40 p.m. ET on NBC.