Ravens sign Alex Collins to roster

September 25, 2016: Seattle Seahawks Running Back Alex Collins (36) [21393] during an NFL game between the Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, WA. (Photo by Nick Wosika/Icon Sportswire)
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The Baltimore Ravens have signed running back Alex Collins off of their practice squad and added him to their 53-man roster. As a corresponding move, the team waived running back Jeremy Langford. The move comes in light of Danny Woodhead being placed on injured reserve following the team’s Week 1 victory.

Baltimore also made a pair of moves in the secondary, putting Sheldon Price on injured reserve and signing cornerback Tony McRae off the practice squad.

Collins signed with Baltimore back on Sept. 5, joining the team’s practice squad. He was waived by the Seattle Seahawks just three days earlier, the organization he made his professional career debut with last season.

As a rookie, Collins appeared in 11 games and carried the ball 31 times for 125 yards and a touchdown, while hauling in 11 passes for 84 yards through the air. Seattle selected him in the fifth round of the 2016 NFL Draft out of the University of Arkansas, where he finished second in school history in rushing yards behind only current NFL running back Darren McFadden.

The Ravens will be without Woodhead in their backfield for at least the next two months, with the announcement coming down on Friday that Kenneth Dixon would be suspended for an additional two games at the start of the 2018 season after he recovers from a knee injury that has already had him ruled out for the remainder of the year.

Collins will suit up on Sunday on against the Cleveland Browns, joining Terrance West as a runner in place of Langford. West received the lion’s share of carries Week 1, gaining 80 yards on the ground and getting his first rushing score of the year.

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