The NFL has announced that Ravens running back, Kenneth Dixon has been suspended for the first four games of the 2017 season due to a violation of the league’s substance abuse policy.

The Ravens provided a statement from Dixon after the news broke:

Dixon played in 12 games during his rookie year, rushing for 382 yards and two touchdowns. By the end of the season, Dixon had earned the starting role after splitting downs with Terrance West for much of the season.  Dixon was projected to continue as the starter in 2017 but that will have to wait until at least week five of the season.

As this story broke, the signing of free agent running back, Danny Woodhead became more clear.  The veteran rusher will provide stability in the run game until Dixon returns. With that being said, Woodhead has proven himself as a starter throughout his career and could remain in that role even after Dixon returns.

Ravens General Manager, Ozzie Newsome said that Dixon must learn from this mistake and work to rebuild his relationship with teammates and coaches.  “While we are disappointed in the decision Kenneth made, we appreciate the fact that he has assumed responsibility for his actions,” said Newsome.