Baltimore Ravens running back Kenneth Dixon left practice early today after suffering an undisclosed injury. Dixon has a long history of injuries, and it, unfortunately, comes as no surprise that he left practice just thirty minutes into it. Dixon walked “gingerly” (per Jeff Zrebiec) off the field with a trainer, and did not return to practice. Jeff Zrebiec later tweeted out that it appears that Dixon “tweaked his hamstring”. Although it was his hamstring this time, Dixon’s knee has consistently been the center of most of his injuries throughout his college and NFL careers.
Dixon first injured his knee in 2013 while playing at Louisiana Tech. In November of that year, Dixon sprained his MCL against Rice and missed the final two games of that season. Dixon’s next injury came two years later in October of 2015 when he sprained his ankle against Louisiana Lafayette and missed another two games. Upon leaving Louisiana Tech for the Ravens in 2016, Dixon was presumed to be healthy. That was until late July of that year when Dixon pulled his MCL and missed a weak of practice. About a month later, Dixon tore his MCL and sat out the first four weeks of the regular season. In early July of last year, Dixon tore his meniscus and missed the entirety of the 2017 season.
Dixon’s injury appears to be minor, but the Ravens do have backup plans should Dixon sustain a more significant injury. The Ravens signed three undrafted rookie running backs to the roster this year. These running backs are Gus Edwards (Rutgers), De’Lance Turner (Alcorn State), and Mark Thompson (Florida). Perhaps uncoincidentally, offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg praised Edwards today during his press conference. Should the Ravens be uncomfortable moving forward with one of these rookies, they have the option to sign a veteran still on the free agent market. High profile running backs such as DeMarco Murray and Alfred Morris are both still available.