Zrebiec added in tweets that both Woodhead and West could practice this week. Woodhead won't be back until at least Week 11, after the team's bye. Zrebiec, in yet another tweet, said Harbaugh feels Collins deserves more chances, so he seems to be the safest option to own right now in the Ravens backfield.
The 29-year-old veteran will back up Javorius Allen and Alex Collins, and can contribute on special teams. According to reports, West is expected to miss some time, but Head Coach John Harbaugh did not elaborate.
The second-year running back is expected to miss the entire 2017 season after undergoing surgery to repair his medial meniscus on Tuesday, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported, via a source informed for the situation.
Before Dixon went under the knife, as we reported earlier today, the Ravens hoped he would miss just a few weeks with a "trim" rather than a full repair. While Tuesday's procedure bodes well for Dixon's long-term health, the recovery timetable is four-to-five months. The team signed Rainey and he'll help to fill the void along with West and Woodhead. West probably benefits more from Dixon's absence, but Woodhead's role is safer now that Dixon is on the shelf for the year. We have West ranked slightly higher in standard leagues with Woodhead higher (19th) in PPR formats. In 2015, Woodhead finished #3 in PPR format before getting hurt last season.
With Kenneth Dixon expected to be sidelined for much of camp with a knee injury and the Ravens already thin at running back, they are planning to sign veteran Bobby Rainey, who started his career with the team.
Rainey, 29, played last season with the New York Giants, appearing in 15 games and carrying the ball 17 times for 63 yards. He also had 20 catches for 153 yards, and returned both kicks and punts for the Giants.
Dixon, a second-year back, is believed to have a torn meniscus in his knee, according to sources. He'll have surgery today and the team will know more about the severity of the injury. This is Dixon's third knee injury since the Ravens took him in the fourth round of last year's draft. Dixon was already facing a four-game suspension to start the season. Without taking part in a big part of camp, it certainly brings into question how soon he can be ready after he returns in Week 5. Health-wise, he may be okay by then, but it's unlikely that he'll have a big role in the first two months of the season. Both Woodhead and West, but especially West, get a bump given this news.