Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh defends playing starting RB J.K. Dobbins, who suffered season-ending knee injury in preseason finale

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OWINGS MILLS (Md. OWINGS MILLS, MD. John Harbaugh stated Monday that it was a valid question to ask J.K. Dobbins why he played in the preseason finale. However, he stressed that the Baltimore Ravens are one of the teams that play their starters least often.

Dobbins sustained a season-ending injury during Saturday's 37-3 win over Washington. On the ninth play of game, he tore his left ACL.

When Harbaugh was asked what he would tell fans wondering why Dobbins was there, Harbaugh replied, "It is a fair discussion."

Harbaugh noted that Dobbins only had played 23 plays in the preseason (with a total 10 touches) and only three games. Harbaugh said that there are many other teams who regularly play their starters, including some in AFC North.

Harbaugh stated, "But there are other team that doesn't play their men at all." They don't even play their starters for one shot. We're probably as close as we've ever been to that... We are probably closer than ever to that goal, but I am certain we are further along this road than we have ever been. This offseason, we played so few of our guys. This is just how we have done it. These questions are important to ask when a man is hurt.

Harbaugh stated that he believes Gus Edwards will and Ty'Son Williams can fill the Dobbins' shoes. But he pointed out that Baltimore uses a running-back-by-committee approach and will spread out carries to the three active running backs on game day. Justice Hill and Nate McCrary are the other running backs on this roster.

Harbaugh stated, "Like any injury, you just need to approach it and conquer it." We have the players to accomplish it. It is possible because we have the right team. I also have complete confidence in the other running backs who are here to take the load off and do a great job.