Ravens waive running back Alex Collins after arrest Friday near team facility

The Ravens waived former starting running back Alex Collins on Friday afternoon, hours after he was arrested following a morning car crash in Owings Mills.

Baltimore County police responded to a report of a car that had crashed into a tree on the 10000 block of Dolfield Road at about 6:48 a.m., police spokeswoman Officer Jennifer Peach said. The location is approximately a mile from the team facility.

Collins, 24, was arrested, Peach said. Charges against him were not immediately available. Ravens vice president of public relations Chad Steele told The Baltimore Sun that the team had spoken with police and was aware of the situation.

It’s unclear whether he was driving at the time of the crash.

Collins struggled last year after a breakout season in 2017 for the Ravens. He was placed on injured reserve with a foot injury in early December, prematurely ending his season in the middle of the Ravens' run to the playoffs. He started every game until Week 12, but averaged just 3.6 yards per carry and didn't have a run of longer than 19 yards.

Collins finished 2018 with 411 rushing yards, less than half his total from the season before (973), when he captivated fans with his downhill running style, shoulder-length dreadlocks and Irish dance touchdown celebrations.

Collins was set to become a restricted free agent, and it was unclear whether he would be tendered. Coach John Harbaugh said Wednesday that Gus Edwards is the team’s top running back, and he indicated the Ravens would add some competition to the position this offseason. Kenneth Dixon and De’Lance Turner are behind Edwards on the depth chart, and team officials are in Indianapolis this week evaluating potential prospects at the NFL scouting combine.

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