A torn meniscus ended Dixon's sophomore campaign before it could ever get off the ground as he suffered the injury early in training camp. Dixon was expected to enter the season with an edge over Terrance West as the Ravens' primary two-down back with Danny Woodhead set to take on pass-catching duties on third downs. It's encouraging that Dixon appears to be in line to resume football activities when Baltimore ramps things back up later in the spring, but he'll face a new challenge after Alex Collins enjoyed a breakout campaign in 2017 for the Ravens. With that, Dixon will likely enter OTAs as the fourth running back on the Ravens' depth chart.
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.
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