Baltimore Ravens put Danny Woodhead on IR, Promoting Jeremy Langford

 Baltimore Ravens put running back Danny Woodhead on injured reserve and promote Jeremy Langford to the active roster from the practice squad.

After Danny Woodhead was carted off in the Week 1 opener against the Cincinnati Bengals, it was thought that he reinjured his ACL injury from last year but that was not the case. It was later known that he injured his hamstring after the first offensive drive as he was utilized as the main pass catcher in that drive, leading the team in receptions with 3 for 33 yards in that drive alone. Some speculated that Woodhead would be out 4-8 weeks but could return earlier depending on his rehab but the Ravens made it known that they want him as healthy as possible for games later on that could be playoff indicators.

Woodhead was dealing with a hamstring injury in the preseason, sidelined for the last two preseason games and did not play in the preseason at all. He will definitely be a candidate to return from injured reserve, as the Ravens could bring back two players from injured reserve. After signing a three-year, $8.8 million contract this year in the offseason; Danny Woodhead was put on injured reserve and is eligible to come back after the Week 10 bye for the Green Packers game in Week 11 (can practice 2 weeks prior). If the Ravens can get a winning record before the Week 11 game, adding Woodhead back in the receiving game would help out a lot for Joe Flacco and the offense.

With Danny Woodhead gone, that leaves Terrance West and Javorius “Buck” Allen as the running backs on this roster.

There were a few options to replace Danny Woodhead on the roster or on the practice squad. One idea that was mentioned was that the Ravens would try out wide receiver/ returner Michael Campanaro as the receiving back out of the backfield, as he is a former running back in high school and is a weapon anywhere on the field. Another idea was to promote running back Alex Collins instead, who the Ravens signed during the 53 man roster deadline after the Seattle Seahawks cut him.

But the Ravens promoted Jeremy Langford from the practice squad on 9/14, who they signed to the practice squad after the Chicago Bears cut him during the 53 man roster deadline. The former starting running back for the Bears has enough experience to step him and contribute, even in the passing game as he has had 41 catches for 421 yards with 1 receiving touchdown in his two-year career with the Bears. Langford can help split the carries as he has had 210 carries and 737 rushing yards with 10 rushing touchdowns during his time with the Bears as he was always used in a committee role in his two-year career as he gives the Ravens at the running back position. Even though the Woodhead injury hurts the Ravens offense substantially, I think Langford could be a complementary back and with the running backs the Ravens now have; there are a lot of carries to be had in that group with West, Allen, and now Langford.

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