Ravens Place RB Kenneth Dixon on Injured Reserve, Promote Rookie


The injury troubles have continued for talented running back Kenneth Dixon.

The third-year running back was placed on injured reserve Wednesday after suffering a knee injury in the season opener. This is the second time in as many seasons that a knee injury has forced Dixon to injured reserve.

To take Dixon's place on the active roster, the Ravens promoted undrafted rookie running back De'Lance Turner from the practice squad.

The Ravens have not announced the exact nature of the injury, Dixon could be eligible to return to the active roster as early at Week 9, if he is heathy. 

Dixon's injury occurred late in the fourth quarter of the season-opening win against Buffalo. He had an impressive debut before the injury, carrying 13 times for a team-high 44 yards and a touchdown.

The 2016 fourth-round pick has consistently impressed when he's been healthy, but staying on the field has been a struggle. He missed four games his rookie season with a knee injury before finishing the season with 88 carries for 382 yards and a pair of scores. He then suffered a torn meniscus last year just before training camp and missed the entire season.

The Ravens expected Dixon to challenge both Alex Collins and Javorius Allen for snaps this season.

Baltimore signed Turner to the practice squad after an impressive preseason. In the preseason, the Alcorn State product carried 22 times for 159 yards and a touchdown, which was a 65-yard scamper against the Dolphins. He also showed great feet on a 28-yard run in the preseason finale versus the Redskins.

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