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Report: JK Dobbins will play Week 3 vs. Patriots

We break down news that JK Dobbins is trying to return from a knee injury. What it means for Week 3 and beyond.

.K. Dobbins #27 of the Baltimore Ravens carries the ball as Jimmy Moreland #20 of the Washington Football Team defends during the first half of the preseason game at FedExField on August 28, 2021 in Landover, Maryland. J.K. Dobbins would be injured on the play. Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images

Saturday update: Dobbins will make his season debut on Sunday, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter. How much he’ll play is up for debate, but he is ready and will take on the Patriots in Week 3.

Friday update: Dobbins practiced in full this week and is listed as questionable. Head coach John Harbaugh wouldn’t give any signs of which way they are leaning.

Thursday update: Dobbins logged another full practice Thursday, so he’s trending towards playing in Week 3 and making his 2022 NFL season debut.

Wednesday update: Dobbins had a full practice with the Ravens on Wednesday ahead of their matchup with the Patriots on Sunday.

The Baltimore Ravens are in need of a boost at running back, as the likes of Mike Davis and Kenyan Drake just aren’t getting the job done. Help is on the way though, as JK Dobbins has been practicing in full and champing at the bit to get onto the field.

Week 3 pits the Ravens against the Patriots, and head coach John Harbaugh isn’t giving away anything when he was asked about Dobbins’ status for Week 2. Harbaugh was tight lipped when saying that his No. 1 back is considered “week-to-week,” per Jeff Zrebeic.

Fantasy football implications

So far, we’ve seen Drake lead the way with 17 rushing attempts to Davis’ seven and Justice Hill’s five. Drake is averaging 2.3 yards per carry and Davis is at 2.1. Of course, quarterback Lamar Jackson has been the main source of rushing offense, but they usually can get more production out of their running backs based on the threat Jackson poses on the ground.

Harbaugh might be coy, but there’s no doubt that Dobbins is close to returning and it wouldn’t be a surprise if it happened against the Patriots this week.