Ravens’ RB Gus Edwards suffered a right hamstring strain in Baltimore’s Week 8 win over the Buccaneers on Thursday night. The team is calling it a “minor injury,” and he will be considered day-to-day moving forward.
Edwards was forced out of the game midway through the fourth quarter and didn’t return. Immediately the concern was surrounding his knee, considering didn’t make his 2022 season debut until Week 7 due to the torn ACL he suffered in September 2021.
When he did return he looked good. Edwards got 16 carries for 66 yards and two touchdowns in the Ravens’ 23-20 win over the Browns. There were no reported setbacks in the game, but he remained limited in practice heading into Week 8 against Tampa Bay. Before leaving the game with the hamstring issue, Edwards tallied 65 yards on 11 carries.
The hamstring muscle group consists of the semitendinosus, semimembranosus, and biceps femoris, all of which are large muscles that require a lot of energy. They play a major role in running, jumping, acceleration, and agility. Specifically when it comes to running, the hamstrings are working nonstop.
A strained hamstring means the muscle fibers are compromised to some extent. When players try to play through a strained hamstring, they are risking a full tear.
We’ve calculated Edward’s hamstring strain to be a Grade 2, which indicates there is some tearing in the hamstring. Given his previous injury history, our Optimal Recovery Time for him is still 31 days away. His Injury Risk is High (26%) and his Health Performance Factor is Below Average (44%).
That being said, Baltimore’s staff has indicated the injury isn’t a major concern for them and they don’t expect him to miss any time. The team doesn’t play again until Monday night in Week 9, so Edwards has a few extra days to rest before suiting up. By then his Optimal Recovery Time will still be 25 days away.