If starters, or very few of them, are going to be playing in preseason games, seriously why play them? Just hold joint practices with different teams every week and drop the games. Fans deserve better for their money.
— Gil Brandt (@Gil_Brandt) August 22, 2021
By Lewis Gould
WFT coach Ron Rivera sat all of his starters last night against the Ravens.
“We didn’t want to get anyone hurt,” Rivera said.
With presumptive starter Ryan Fitzpatrick and backup Taylor Heinicke getting the night off, Kyle Allen got the nod at QB and completed 10 of 22 passes for 100 yards before giving way to Steven Montez after halftime.
J.K. Dobbins injured his left knee, Lamar Jackson made his 2021 preseason debut and Tyler Huntley scored five touchdowns to help the Ravens rout Washington 37-3 to win their NFL-best 20th consecutive exhibition game. Dobbins’ uncertain status is the biggest lingering effect for Baltimore with the regular season on the horizon.
Coach John Harbaugh said Dobbins would undergo tests Sunday but declined to express how concerned he was about the injury. The second-year back was again expected to split carries with Gus Edwards in a run-heavy offense, and Baltimore may now need to get something out of Ty’Son Williams.
“Hopefully we don’t miss him,” Jackson said. “That’s a tremendous back. We have Gus, we got Ty, but hopefully he’s good.”
After catching a screen pass from Jackson, Dobbins went down awkwardly midway through the first quarter on his third touch of the game. He was attended to on the field before being carted off the sideline and ruled out.