Dixon (knee/suspension) had two more games tacked onto his four-game PED suspension due to a violation of the NFL's substance abuse policy, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports.
Already ruled out for the season, Dixon can serve all six games of the suspension while recovering from surgery to repair a torn meniscus. It will cost him in salary but not missed time, though it could impact how the Ravens view their 2016 fourth-round pick. Prior to the injury and pair of suspensions, Dixon was expected to mount a serious challenge to Terrance West for the lead role in Baltimore's backfield. The 23-year-old will instead look to bounce back in 2018, but he'll first need to avoid any additional suspensions, as the next one likely would cost him either 10 games or a full season.
Given that Dixon was ruled out for the season following a meniscus injury suffered in July, it was only a matter of time before the club made the move official. The second-year running back was expected to be in the mix at running back this season following his four-game suspension, but will now target Week 1 of 2018 for his potential return to the field and a chance at the starting job. Terrance West and Danny Woodhead are expected to lead the backfield in his absence, with Javorious Allen and Taquan Mizzell both in the mix for depth duties.
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.
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