Baltimore Ravens running back Danny Woodhead has returned to practice for the first time since injuring his hamstring in the team’s Week 1 matchup.
Baltimore Ravens running back Danny Woodhead has returned to practice for the first time since injuring his hamstring in the team’s Week 1 matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals, the team announced on Twitter.
He would be eligible to return to the team on November 19th for the Baltimore Ravens’ Week 10 matchup against the Green Bay Packers. Woodhead’s return would be a huge help to the Baltimore Ravens’ offense who currently ranks 27th in the NFL in total yards.
Woodhead was one of the Baltimore Ravens’ better pickups in the offseason, as his skills as one of the best receiving backs in the NFL fits with the team’s offensive scheme very well.
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It was clear from the start that the Baltimore Ravens would have a between-the-tackles back and a separate passing-down back. Initially, it looked like Terrance West would be the former and Woodhead would be the latter, however, Alex Collins has filled in very well since West has been injured.
Woodhead showed some flashes of just how talented of a player he is during the team’s game against the Bengals, like this casual one-handed grab:
He created mismatches, and his return would be a huge boost to what has been a struggling Baltimore Ravens offense. But he’s going to have to stay on the field to really make an impact.
Woodhead is 32-years-old and has missed 27 games over the past three seasons (that’s around 56% of the total games played those three seasons), which includes a season-ending ACL tear in Week 2 of last year.
Javorius Allen has been taking the Woodhead role in the offense lately, and he’s been relatively successful so far, with 32 catches for 145 yards and one receiving touchdown so far, as well as 99 carries for 356 yards and one touchdown, averaging 3.8 yards per carry.
It’s unclear how the Baltimore Ravens’ backfield will shake out once Woodhead comes back. I would imagine that, if Collins continues with the success he’s had so far, he’ll stay as the between-the-tackles back while Woodhead and Allen split time as the receiving back (a timeshare that will more than likely favor Woodhead).
In a separate roster move, the Ravens released wide receiver Griff Whalen and promoted offensive lineman Maurquice Shakir from the practice squad.