Report: Ravens activating RB J.K. Dobbins off PUP list

Baltimore Ravens running back J.K. Dobbins (27) breaks a tackle from Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Markus Bailey (51) stretches to break the plane for a touchdown in the second quarter during an NFL wild-card playoff football game between the Baltimore Ravens and the Cincinnati Bengals, Sunday, Jan. 15, 2023, at Paycor Stadium in Cincinnati.The Ravens led 10-9 at halftime. Baltimore Ravens At Cincinnati Bengals Afc Wild Card Jan 15 124
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The Baltimore Ravens are activating top running back J.K. Dobbins off the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list on Monday, ESPN reported.

Dobbins, 24, has officially been on the PUP list since the start of training camp with a hamstring issue. However, the speculation is that Dobbins has been “holding in” — as opposed to not reporting and holding out — because he wants a long-term deal with the club, per multiple media outlets.

Dobbins is entering the final year of his rookie deal and is set to make a base of $1.39 million this season. He’s eligible to become an unrestricted free agent in 2024.

“The ball is in J.K.’s court,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh told reporters last week. “We have talked. We talked again yesterday. We had great conversation. I do expect him back very soon, but I don’t have anything to say about it. It’s up to J.K., so hopefully that will happen soon.”

The Ravens have Justice Hill, Gus Edwards and Melvin Gordon III next in line on the depth chart after Dobbins.

Dobbins has only played in 23 games — missing the entire 2021 season — after sustaining a major knee injury in the final preseason game that year.

He played in just eight games in 2022 after undergoing knee surgery in October to clear out scar tissue that resulted from a prior surgery.

Dobbins has 1,325 career yards rushing, starting nine games in two seasons of action. He has 12 total touchdowns since being selected in the second round of the 2020 draft out of Ohio State.

—Field Level Media

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