Ravens running back Gus Edwards’ breakout debut came up short in a 24-22 loss to the Cleveland Browns on Thursday night. The rookie was bottled up in the second half, and was understandably banged up.
Edwards was hit between the legs after bursting through a hole, resulting in a tackle for loss. He fell to the ground, clutching his ankle.
Ravens rookie RB Gus Edwards had ankle injury on the play, taken out of the game. #FLEX — Stephanie Ruhle (@SRuhleESPN) September 15, 2017
Edwards responded after the hit, finished the drive, and busted a big play, bulling his way down the left sideline for 52 yards. The Ravens needed all of that, but the Browns just couldn’t stop the run game once they got to the Baltimore 35-yard line.
On a third and eight, Baker Mayfield hit Corey Coleman for the five-yard touchdown, which proved to be the game-winner.
The Browns took a 17-0 lead early in the second quarter on a blocked punt, but Baltimore rallied in the second half, scoring three straight touchdowns, including one on the final play of the third quarter to take a 22-17 lead.
Ravens backup quarterback Javorius Allen scored a 2-yard touchdown on a shovel pass in the fourth quarter. The Browns answered immediately with a 28-yard field goal to tie the game.
Down 24-22, Baltimore used a trick play to gain an extra five yards when Jackson threw back to the end zone for a long, ungainly incompletion. Jackson’s last act of the night was an awkward injury, which forced the Ravens to turn to Garrett Gilbert, who looked shaky at best. Gilbert threw an interception to cornerback Jamar Taylor, who returned it 43 yards for a touchdown.
Edwards injured his ankle in that game and did not return. Mayfield finished with 18-of-31 passing for 293 yards and three touchdowns.
The Ravens now fall to 0-2.