Ravens RB Gus Edwards dodged a bullet with ‘minor’ hamstring injury

Ravens, Gus Edwards Mandatory Credit: Jessica Rapfogel-USA TODAY Sports
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The Baltimore Ravens saw a number of important players leave this past Thursday’s 27-22 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers early including running back Gus Edwards.

Edwards departed the game in the second half after suffering what was later described by head coach John Harbaugh as a hamstring injury. After the game, Harbaugh gave updates on a number of injured Ravens including wide receiver Rashod Bateman and tight end Gus Edwards.

While Harbaugh insisted that the injuries to Bateman and Andrews were “not serious,” he stopped short of providing a full update on Edwards. But on Sunday, the Ravens received a bit of good news regarding their standout running back.

NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported that Edwards suffered a “minor” hamstring, one that might only keep him sidelined for “a week or so,” if he even misses any time at all.

The Ravens received positive news about the Gus Edwards injury

Edwards made his long-awaited return to the gridiron in Week 7 rushing for 66 yards and two scores as he helped lead his team to a 23-20 victory over the Cleveland Browns.

The 27-year-old was able to put together another efficient performance against the Buccaneers in Week 8, rushing for 65 yards on a healthy 5.91 yards per carry. That was until his second-half injury sidelined him temporarily.

In his place, veteran Kenyan Drake once again shined. Drake has maximized his touches in two of the last three weeks and could be in line for a larger role if Edwards is unable to play next Monday.

The Ravens have 11 days off between games which should help matters, but they likely won’t take any chances with Edwards given the nature of the knee injury he’s coming back from.

As always, we’ll know more as the week progresses and it’ll be interesting to monitor his practice status throughout the week. If he practices this week, there’s a good chance he plays on Monday.

The more likely scenario, however, would probably see the Ravens hold him out of this Monday’s game and allow him to fully recover during the bye week. There’s no sense in rushing him back and risking further injury.

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The good news is that Gus Edwards avoided any significant injuries. He should be back on the field before long.