Ravens: Justice Hill out for the season with torn Achilles

Ravens, Justice Hill (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)
Ravens, Justice Hill (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images) /

The Baltimore Ravens have suffered yet another serious injury at the running back position as it was revealed on Monday that Justice Hill would miss the 2021 season after tearing his Achilles.

The injury reportedly happened in Thursday’s practice and the Ravens have been sniffing around the running back market over the last few days as a result.

This comes following the loss of J.K. Dobbins for the season after the rising star running back suffered a torn ACL in the team’s final preseason game of the year.

The Ravens’ running back depth is razor-thin and Hill’s injury only adds to their recent health struggles.

The Ravens are scrambling for RB help following the Justice Hill injury

A fourth-round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, Hill was expected to take on a larger role in 2021 after playing primarily on special teams last season.

Hill had a slow summer that was marred by injuries as he saw former undrafted free agent Ty’Son Williams usurp him on the depth chart. In fact, Hill’s roster spot could have been in jeopardy had it not been for Dobbins’ injury.

But with Dobbins out, Hill once again became an important part of the Ravens’ backfield that now only featured three healthy running backs.

Unfortunately, his torn Achilles comes at a terrible time for both player and team. Hill’s future is uncertain while the Ravens now just have two healthy running backs under contract — Gus Edwards and Williams.

Baltimore brought in three running backs for a tryout on Monday in Le’Veon Bell, Devonta Freeman, and Elijah Holyfield. It’s likely the Ravens sign at least one of those players in the very near future.

Hill’s absence not only leaves the Ravens thin at running back, but it loses them one of their core special teamers. The Oklahoma State product played 46 percent of special-teams snaps a year ago.

Whoever the Ravens sign to be their third running back will have to contribute on special teams and fill Hill’s role.

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The injury bug strikes the Ravens backfield again, this time in the form of Justice Hill. The hits just keep on coming.