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John Harbaugh may be teasing JK Dobbins season debut soon: ‘It won’t be too long’

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In the final preseason game of the 2021 season, Baltimore Ravens driving JK Dobbins back tore his ACL. He missed the entire year and is still working his way back from the injury. However, according to Ravens coach John Harbaugh, the third-year back is getting closer and closer to a return to the field.

“You’ll know when you see it. I’ll put it this way,” Harbaugh told the assembled media on Friday, according to the official Ravens website. “I’m happy with how it’s working. We have certain parameters that we’re looking at. It won’t be too long.”

A full-fledged participant in recent practice, Dobbins was banned from one of the first two games of the season until late in the week. It’s possible that his debut against the Patriots this Sunday, or maybe next week against the Bills, will be as soon as possible. (Dobbins not opening the season on the Physically Unable to Perform list — which guarantees a player sits out at least four games — makes his debut within the first four weeks of the season somewhat likely.)

Baltimore rolled back with Kenyan Drake as leader in the absence of Dobbins. The running game wasn’t as strong as usual for the Ravens – even with Lamar Jackson there to grab the attention of the opponents’ defensive fronts. Getting Dobbins back into the fold would be a big boost, even if he only operates as a part-time player.

The Ravens are still awaiting the return of fellow running back Gus Edwards, who also tore his ACL prior to last season. He is considered a little behind Dobbins in his rehab, although he indicated two weeks ago that he “goes welland getting close to a return.

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