Meniscus repair surgery typically comes with a timeline of 4-5 months, which might seem to give Dixon a shot at returning for the final few weeks of the season. Rather than rushing him back with the hope he can make some kind of slight late-season contribution, the Ravens want Dixon to focus on coming back at full strength for 2018. Terrance West and Danny Woodhead no longer have serious competition for their respective roles as the lead ball carrier and top pass-catching back, with Javorius Allen, Bobby Rainey and Taquan Mizzell likely resigned to competing for the No. 3 job.
Dixon (knee/suspension) could be a candidate for Injured Reserve/designated to return, Jeff Zrebiec of The Baltimore Sun reports.
Initial reports that Dixon will miss the entire season may have been a bit hasty, considering recovery from surgery to repair a torn meniscus typically requires 4-5 months, which could still allow the second-year back to aim for a return in late November or December. The Ravens won't be counting on any contribution this year, but they'll probably want to monitor his rehab process before completely ruling out a late-season return. Dixon previously loomed as a threat to steal work from Terrance West and Danny Woodhead upon returning from a four-game suspension to start the year. West and Woodhead now appear secure in their respective roles as the lead ballcarrier and top passing-down back, with Javorius Allen, Bobby Rainey and Taquan Mizzell left to compete for the No. 3 job.
Dixon (knee) will miss the 2017 season after undergoing surgery to repair his medial meniscus Tuesday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
This is a crushing blow to the Baltimore backfield. The initial expectation was that Dixon would have the meniscus trimmed, which would have had a quicker recovery time but also adds risk of further knee issues in the future. Dixon instead had his meniscus repaired, which is a procedure that generally comes with a recovery window of 4-to-5 months, according to Rapoport. Baltimore has already brought in Bobby Rainey for a workout as a potential depth option in the backfield, but the news of Dixon being out for the season truly puts increased pressure on Terrance West and Danny Woodhead. If Baltimore does not go outside the franchise to add another running back, look for West to see the bulk of the carries while Woodhead sees most of the snaps in obvious passing situations.
Dixon was diagnosed with a meniscus tear in his knee and will undergo surgery Tuesday, Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com reports.
Dixon was already set to miss the first four games of the 2017 campaign for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing drugs, but the knee setback likely ensures that he'll be sidelined for the remainder of training camp, and possibly for additional time after the suspension ends. Meniscus tears often require a six-to-eight-week recovery time, but depending on the severity, that timetable could be prolonged, which is a distinct possibility with Dixon given that this is his third knee injury in the last 12 months. In order to address Dixon's absence in camp, the Ravens are looking into signing free agent running back Bobby Rainey, but he'll be well behind Terrance West and Danny Woodhead on the depth chart. West and Woodhead may continue to see the bulk of the snaps out of the backfield even once Dixon heals up.
Dixon (suspension) said he mistakenly took a substance without the proper NFL medical exemption, ESPN.com reports.
Previously expected to battle Terrance West for the Week 1 starting job, Dixon will instead prepare for an October debut in a backfield that now includes pass-catching maven Danny Woodhead, who joined the Ravens within the first few hours of free agency. It doesn't sound as if Dixon intends to fight his four-game suspension, instead vowing to focus on how he can help the team once his ban has concluded. This doesn't preclude the talented young runner from making an impact in his second NFL season, but the combination of four missed games and Woodhead's signing unquestionably dampers Dixon's 2017 outlook.
|P2||8/17/17||@ MIA||7:00 pm|
|P4||8/31/17||@ NO||8:00 pm|
|1||9/10/17||@ CIN||1:00 pm|
|3||9/24/17||@ JAC||9:30 am|
|5||10/8/17||@ OAK||4:05 pm|
|7||10/22/17||@ MIN||1:00 pm|
|9||11/5/17||@ TEN||1:00 pm|
|Bye: Week 10|
|11||11/19/17||@ GB||1:00 pm|
|14||12/10/17||@ PIT||8:30 pm|
|15||12/17/17||@ CLE||1:00 pm|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|