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Mark Ingram, J.K Dobbins out vs. Steelers despite eligibility to come off reserve/COVID-19 list

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The Baltimore Ravens will be without two of their top running backs for Wednesday’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Both Mark Ingram and JK Dobbins will be inactive despite being eligible to come off the reserve/COVID-19 list. This leaves Gus Edwards as the feature back.

It might not be the worst idea for the Ravens to exhibit caution, considering the extent of their issues with COVID-19 in the past week-plus.

Baltimore’s outbreak has played the most prominent role in the league postponing this Week 12 matchup on multiple occasions. The Ravens and Steelers were supposed to square off in the night game on Thanksgiving Day. But COVID issues postponed the game to Sunday, then Tuesday and ultimately resulted in a Wednesday meeting between the AFC North rivals.

Clearly, this is still a sensitive situation, and all parties want to ensure player safety in light of everything that has happened. As a result, Ingram and Dobbins will remain on the sidelines.

Edwards will have to show up in a big way against one of the NFL’s top defenses. The Ravens rushed for 265 yards in the last meeting between the two teams, but four Lamar Jackson turnovers resulted in a 28-24 loss. Still, Edwards himself rushed 16 times for 87 yards and a score in that game, and will look to keep the ball rolling.

Baltimore has fallen to 6-4 after losing three of its last four contests. This is a pivotal game for the Ravens to keep pace in the playoff hunt and get their season back on track.