During his weekly news conference Monday, Ravens HC John Harbaugh declined to declare Terrance West the starting running back despite registering the team's first 100-yard rushing game since Oct. 11, 2015, when Justin Forsett went for 121 yards and a score against the Cleveland Browns.
“I’m not going to say that,” Harbaugh said. “I’m not going to get into all that. I just think that’s great to write about, but for us, it’s nothing for us to waste any energy on. We’re going to put the guys out there that are playing well. Our guys know this: If you’re playing hard, you’re playing smart, you’re playing fundamentally sound, and you’re productive, you’ve got a chance being out there again because everybody’s counting on everybody else to get the job done. If one of those things falls down, then you leave the door open for another guy to get their opportunity.”
With rookie Kenneth Dixon on the mend from a strained medial collateral ligament in his left knee, suffered in the team’s third preseason game on Aug. 27, the offense could have four tailbacks in West, Forsett, Dixon, and Javorius Allen. The Ravens have activated two for each game. Forsett was benched last week and the story indicated he could be the odd man out. It would seem hard for the team not to go back to West in a nice matchup against Washington this week, but those who follow the team feel this could eventually be Dixon's job.