Baltimore Ravens running back Kenneth Dixon has been suspended an additional two games on top of his four-game suspension, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network. Dixon received a four-game suspension for violation of the league’s substance-abuse policy back in March.
Dixon won’t be able to serve these games during 2017 regardless, as he has already been ruled out for the season due to a torn meniscus he suffered in the offseason. His 2018 campaign faces a six-game suspension before he can even take to the field.
Last season was Dixon’s rookie year with the Ravens, appearing in 12 games as a 22-year-old. He carried the ball 88 times for 382 yards and two touchdowns, also hauling in 30 receptions for 162 yards and a score as he rotated in to what was a crowded Baltimore backfield.
Injuries have now debilitated that group during 2017 already. In addition to Dixon, Danny Woodhead was a key offseason signing, before going down Week 1 with a hamstring injury that will sideline him for an extended period of time after he was placed on injured reserve.
Baltimore first got its hands on Dixon when it selected him in the fourth round of the 2016 NFL Draft out of Louisiana Tech. He had a huge statistical career in college, setting the new record for rushing touchdowns by a freshman, racking up 27 on the ground in 2012. By the time his career came to a close, he had 72 total as a rusher.
His injury and suspension, along with Woodhead’s injury, leaves Terrance West as the primary back in the Ravens’ backfield as the team moves forward and gets to set to face the Cleveland Browns Week 2.