Gus Edwards missed considerable time during the early portion of the season. He returned for the Ravens’ win over the Browns on October 23 and played in Baltimore’s October 27 victory over the Buccaneers. Edwards was again injured during the Tampa game, however, as he suffered a hamstring injury. So when will Gus Edwards be back and return to the Ravens backfield? Below we will look at the projected timetable for Edwards’ return as well as Ravens lines.
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When will Gus Edwards return and be back for Baltimore?
Update: Baltimore’s bye week will give Edwards an extra week of rest and all signs point to the RB being available for the Sunday, November 20 game against the Panthers. Baltimore head coach John Harbaugh said on November 14 that the team would see how Edwards looks in practice this week before making a decision on his playing status against the Panthers.
Here is a look at potential return dates for Edwards.
- Week 11 Sunday, November 20: Panthers at Ravens
- Week 12 Sunday, November 20: Ravens at Jaguars
Edwards was previously recovering from an ACL injury suffered prior to the start of last season.
TheLines’ injury expert, Will Caroll, weighed in on Edwards prior to his return from that injury.
“Edwards was injured last year at roughly the same time as JK Dobbins, so why is he weeks behind Dobbins? Just because someone says “ACL sprain, heading to surgery” doesn’t make it the same injury,” Carroll said. “There’s not only other structures – meniscus, MCL, plus more – that are often involved, but the individual response to surgery is very individual. This isn’t about pain tolerance or work ethic. Something as simple as an early setback or slow week of rehab can cascade into months down the line. The Ravens have generally been conservative with most surgical rehabs, so starting on PUP isn’t a big surprise or an indication that Edwards will have a worse outcome once he is back.
“Here’s the simple way to remember how an MCL gets injured. The medial collateral ligament is on the inside (medial aspect) of the knee, so if a player gets force going inward – say, when a 300 lb guy hits you on the outside of the knee – the MCL is what takes the force. With any sprain, the fibers of the ligament stretch and tear and how much indicates how much healing has to happen. The MCL is seldom reconstructed since there’s secondary stabilizers, so in cases where the MCL is the isolated injury, players tend to rehab through it in weeks. It has a high degree of success in rehab, but remember that players that relay on hard cuts and shifty runs will have more issues early.”
So when will Gus Edwards return and be back on the field for the Ravens this season? Baltimore is taking a cautious approach with the former Rutgers star as it put him on the reserve/PUP list on Aug. 23. Edwards was eligible to come off the PUP list for Week 5 and now we’re heading into Week 7. Here is the timetable for when Edwards could start to see carries again for John Harbaugh’s squad.
It is quite possible that the Ravens hold Edwards out until their Thursday night game against the Buccaneers given that Dobbins may need a relative break at that point in the season. It’s important to remember that when a player is removed from the PUP list that he has up to 21 days to be placed on the 53-man roster. So if Edwards is removed from the reserve/PUP list on Oct. 8, he would have until Oct. 29 to return to the 53-man roster.
Also consider that the Ravens signed Kenyan Drake as insurance for Dobbins. Mike Davis and Justice Hill will also likely see significant playing time early in the season as Dobbins works his way back from his own injury. The Baltimore front office certainly learned its lesson in regards to RB depth from last season, so Edwards will be coming back as part of an already crowded backfield.
Check out Baltimore Ravens lines below. Lamar Jackson and company were +2000 to win the Super Bowl on Sept. 2 and were +140 to win the AFC North.