With the team’s regular season opener on Monday night looming, the Baltimore Ravens are scurrying to find replacements for recently injured running backs Justice Hill and Gus Edwards.
As a result, the team has turned to two veteran halfbacks in order to add some desperately needed depth to the position: Devonta Freeman and Latavius Murray.
Freeman, 29, has inked a deal to join Baltimore’s practice squad, but ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that it is likely that the two-time Pro-Bowler will join the main roster rather quickly. He was reportedly at the same workout as former Steeler Le’Veon Bell following Justice Hill’s Achilles injury.
Ravens now are signing veteran free-agent RB Devonta Freeman to their practice squad, per his agent @DrewJRosenhaus. The idea is that Freeman will be promoted to Ravens’ active roster.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 9, 2021
Murray, 31, also signed on Friday morning and is expected to join the team’s active roster immediately after spending his last two seasons in New Orleans with the Saints.
Ravens now have reached agreement on a one-year deal with former Saints’ RB Latavius Murray, per source. https://t.co/Wx4H9wSwOc
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 10, 2021
The signings come less than a full day after running back Gus Edwards tore his ACL in practice on Thursday, the exact injury that sidelined original starter, J.K. Dobbins, for the upcoming season. In total, Baltimore has now signed four running backs in the past week: Trenton Cannon, Latavius Murray, Le’Veon Bell (Practice Squad) and Devonta Freeman (Practice Squad).
After all of the chaos, Ty’Son Williams is expected to get the nod as the team’s starting running back on Monday against the Las Vegas Raiders.