Ravens CB Marcus Peters, RB Gus Edwards suffer potentially serious knee injuries at practice

by 24USATVSept. 9, 2021, 9 p.m. 20
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The 2021 season hasn't even started yet, and the Baltimore Ravens are already in the midst of a disastrous injury situation.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport and Mike Garafolo reported that cornerback Marcus Peters and running back Gus Edwards sustained potentially significant knee injuries on back-to-back plays at Thursday's practice. The fear is both suffered torn ACLs, Rapoport added.

Tests are being performed on each player to confirm the extent of the injury.

The Ravens cut practice short after the key players went down.

If it's indeed an ACL tear for Edwards, all of a sudden, the Ravens backfield is looking like a question mark. 2020 undrafted running back Ty'Son Williams, about whom the club raved following Dobbins' injury as a backup to Edwards, will now be in line for a massive role in Week 1 against the Raiders.

Baltimore also signed fourth-year back Trenton Cannon -- 48 career carries for 146 yards and a TD -- to the active roster.

The big name to watch for the Ravens will be newly signed Le'Veon Bell, who was added to the practice squad. Before Edwards' injury, coach John Harbaugh said earlier in the day that Bell could be activated from the practice squad Monday night against the Las Vegas Raiders. That possibility grows exponentially given Thursday's injury.

Bell appeared in 11 games last season for the Jets and Chiefs, taking 82 carries for 328 yards and two scores. The 29-year-old insisted this offseason he still has juice left, despite not showing off in 2020. The door in Baltimore could have just opened wide for Bell to prove the doubters wrong.

Peters' injury would also be a massive hit to the high-powered Ravens defense, which counted on the ballhawk to help create turnovers. Baltimore is well-stocked at corner, but losing Peters would hit its starting depth and push 33-year-old Jimmy Smith into more than a spot-duty backup role.

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