The Baltimore Ravens have recently put Danny Woodhead on the IR, after suffering a hamstring injury Week 1 against the Cincinnati Bengals.
According to ESPN, Woodhead has been officially moved to the Injured Reserve, while the team has signed Jeremy Langford from the practice squad. Woodhead sustained his injury in the first quarter of last Sunday’s game against the Bengals.
The reports originally were of Woodhead missing about four weeks. However, as Jamison Hensley of ESPN reports Woodhead “could practice in six weeks if designated by the team. Under new rules, teams can bring back two players from IR and don’t have to designate them immediately. If designated to return, Woodhead would first be eligible to play on Nov. 19 at Green Bay.”
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You have also need to take into account that Woodhead might not actually be ready on November 16, so this certainly is a downgrade from four weeks. One of the worst parts is also that the Ravens gave Woodhead a three-year, $8.8 million contract, despite Woodhead’s long injury history, hoping that this year would finally be the year that he could stay healthy and return to old form.
This injury could also be harmful to the Ravens success this year. Woodhead was brought onto the Ravens mainly to be a check down target and a receiving back for Joe Flacco who loves to throw to his running back
Also, Woodhead’s injury will cause a big hole in the running back corps. Sure, you can say Jeremy Langford adds some depth, but, anyone can easily bring up the argument that a healthy Danny Woodhead is better than Jeremy Langford.
But, let’s stop talking about the impact of Woodhead’s injury to the Ravens, but rather his career. Woodhead is 32 years old and will not find a fountain of youth. With the average age of retirement from running backs getting younger and younger you have to fear for Woodhead’s future.
According to Scout Fantasy Woodhead came into 2017 as the fourth oldest running back in the league. He is also only three years away from the current oldest running back. So Woodhead will very likely retire in a Ravens uniform before his three-year contract is up.