Devonta Freeman set to start at RB as injuries plague Baltimore Ravens backfield again – .

Devonta Freeman set to start at RB as injuries plague Baltimore Ravens backfield again – .

OWINGS MILLS, Md. – Devonta Freeman is expected to be the last running back to start for the Baltimore Ravens as injuries hit their backfield again.
Latavius ​​Murray (sprained left ankle) was ruled out of Sunday’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals after not training this week. A starter in the last three games, he leads the Ravens running backs with 212 rushing yards and four touchdowns.

Now Freeman could get his first start in almost a year (week 7 of last season). Two-time Pro Bowl runner (2015-16), Freeman has gained 95 yards on 16 carries this season (averaging 5.9 yards).

“He’s doing a good job for us,” said Ravens coach John Harbaugh. “He’s an explosive, acceleration-type downhill runner with a certain size. “

Injuries have taken their toll in the Baltimore backfield all season. The Ravens’ two top full-backs – JK Dobbins and Gus Edwards – suffered knee injuries late in the season just weeks before the start of the regular season. Justice Hill became the third Baltimore running back to sustain a season-ending injury before the season opener when he tore his Achilles.

The Ravens’ bad luck with injuries even affected Murray, who had only missed one game in the previous four seasons. Murray sprained his left ankle late in the third quarter in Sunday’s 34-6 win over the Los Angeles Chargers. Baltimore’s running backs on Sunday are Freeman, Le’Veon Bell and Ty’Son Williams.

The Ravens (5-1) face the Bengals (4-2) for first place in the AFC North. Baltimore has been dominant in carrying the ball against Cincinnati for the past two years, averaging 244 yards per game rushing against the Bengals.

Ravens wide receiver Sammy Watkins (hamstring) was also ruled out. This marks the second week in a row that Watkins has been sidelined.


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