Ravens add running back depth after Kenneth Dixon injures knee

Update: Kenneth Dixon will miss the entire 2017 season after undergoing surgery on Tuesday. The team initially thought Dixon would miss six-to-eight weeks but doctors had to completely repair his meniscus instead of trimming it. The new timetable for Dixon is four-to-five months.

Kenneth Dixon is having a rough offseason. After getting suspended for the first four games of 2017 it appears that Dixon could be missing even more time as he prepares to undergo surgery for a torn meniscus.

This marks the third knee injury for Dixon since being drafted by the Ravens last year. Coaches were pretty high on him last season and pushed for him to get more playing time despite missing the first few weeks due to injury.

In 2016 Dixon played in 12 games and rushed for 382 yards with two touchdowns. Dixon was also active in the passing game and racked up 30 receptions, 162 yards and one touchdown. Coming into 2017 many were hoping Dixon would fully recover and become the Ravens true starting running back. The Ravens will now look to Danny Woodhead and Terrance West to handle the ball in the backfield.

The Ravens made significant efforts to sign Danny Woodhead earlier this spring when they found out about Dixon’s suspension. Now that he is likely going to miss even more time, it has been reported that the Ravens plan on reuniting with former running back Bobby Rainey.

Rainey made the Ravens active roster in 2012 after impressing the coaching staff in the preseason. However, he never ended up playing in a regular season game for Baltimore and was released by the team in 2013. In 2016 Rainey appeared in 15 games while playing for the New York Giants but only accumulated 63 rushing yards.

The signing is clearly for depth but Rainey does have experience as a kick returner. Expect to see the Ravens give Rainey some reps on special teams since they do not have a clear favorite for return duties.

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