The Baltimore Ravens waived running back Alex Collins on Friday afternoon following his early morning arrest after a car accident near the team’s headquarters.
Baltimore County police and the team confirmed that Collins, 24, was taken into custody around 6:45 a.m. after police responded to a report of a car crashed into a tree in Owings Mills, Md. It was unclear whether Collins was the driver or a passenger.
The charges against him were not immediately known.
“We have spoken to the police and are aware of the situation,” the Ravens told NFL.com in a statement.
The team confirmed Collins’ release on social media by 3 p.m. ET.
We have waived RB Alex Collins.
— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) March 1, 2019
Collins was a fifth-round draft pick by Seattle in 2016 and joined the Ravens the following year. In 25 games (22 starts) over two seasons in Baltimore, he has gained 1,676 total yards from scrimmage and scored 14 touchdowns.
He was a star on the rise following the 2017 season, in which he gained 973 yards rushing. But he struggled in 2018, running for just 411 yards, and wound up on injured reserve in December with a foot injury.
A restricted free agent before his release, Collins will now be subject to waivers. If he is not claimed, he will immediately become a free agent.
Coach John Harbaugh said at the NFL Scouting Combine this week that second-year running back Gus Edwards is first on the depth chart at the position.
–Field Level Media