Baltimore Ravens RB Gus Edwards has been moved to the reserve/PUP list, at least for the first four games

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — The NFL’s most dominant rushing attack is without one of its top runners to start the season.

Baltimore Ravens running back Gus Edwards was placed on the reserve/physically unable to perform list on Tuesday, sidelining him for at least the first four games of the regular season. He is one of two players in NFL history to produce at least 700 yards rushing and average 5-plus yards per carry in the first three seasons of a career.

It was one of six moves Baltimore made to trim its roster to 80 players.

Edwards, 27, tore an ACL during a practice in September, which kept him out all of last season. He signed a two-year, $10 million extension in June of last year and hasn’t played since.

“We don’t expect him to come back maybe in the early part of [the season],” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. “Gus is still on schedule and I fully expect him to play some football this year.”

Edwards’ absence is compounded by uncertainty over starting running back JK Dobbins, who is looking to return from a torn left ACL from a year ago. Dobbins has been limited to individual drills since the PUP was activated on Aug. 8. When asked last week if Dobbins would be ready for the regular season, Harbaugh said, “We’ll see.”

Mike Davis, entering his eighth season, started at running back in the first two preseason games and could play a prominent role early in the season. He had an excused absence Tuesday for the birth of his son.

The Ravens have averaged an NFL-best 180.5 yards rushing per game since 2019. Over the past three seasons, Baltimore has also run the ball 1,668 times, which is 151 more than any other team in league.

In other injury news, Ravens first-round pick Tyler Linderbaum is back at practice. The rookie center injured his left foot on Aug. 4. Linderbaum was limited during the media viewing portion of practice, but he answered for quarterback Lamar Jackson.

Another rookie, backup defensive tackle Travis Jones, is expected to miss three to five weeks after spraining his left knee in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s preseason game.

“It just depends on how quickly he recovers and how good he is when he comes back,” Harbaugh said.

The Ravens also announced they signed wide receiver Demarcus Robinson, who totaled 1,679 yards receiving over the past five seasons for the Kansas City Chiefs. Robinson was cut last week by the Las Vegas Raiders.