The Baltimore Ravens activated running back Danny Woodhead from the injured reserve-designated for return list on Saturday, making him eligible to play in Sunday’s game against the Green Bay Packers.
Woodhead hasn’t played since suffering a hamstring injury during the opening drive of the season opener against the Cincinnati Bengals.
On that drive Woodhead caught three passes for 33 yards (including a one-handed reception) and ran once for 4 yards. That’s when he aggravated a hamstring injury and was eventually placed on injured reserve.
Woodhead’s return could enhance an offense that has struggled for much of the season.
“I think he can definitely make a big impact,” quarterback Joe Flacco said during the bye week. “I think it is on us to get him involved and put that fear in other teams that we can hurt people with him.”
Baltimore signed Woodhead as a free agent during the offseason, mostly because he provides the team with a quality target out of the backfield.
“He was brought here in the role that you can all stand here and envision him playing,” coach John Harbaugh said earlier in the week. “We saw it a little bit in the first drive before he got hurt in the Cincinnati game. It’s an opportunity for Joe to have someone to work underneath a little bit, to drop the ball down to when he needs to, to run screens, to put out there as a wide receiver and create matchup issues for people.
“That’s the kind of guy that we’re looking for when we signed him. So we signed him for a reason, and it’s going to be nice to have him on the field.”
Staying healthy has been a problem for Woodhead. He has missed 35 games during the previous three seasons. A torn ACL ended his season last year with the Chargers after two weeks.
The return of Woodhead will significantly reduce the role of running back Javorius Allen, who leads the Ravens with 39 receptions. Alex Collins will remain Baltimore’s featured back, offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg said this week.
To make room for Woodhead on the 53-man roster, the Ravens on Saturday waived tight end Gavin Escobar.