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Ravens RB Kenneth Dixon Placed On Injured Reserve

September 12, 2018
The Ravens have placed running back Kenneth Dixon on injured reserve with a knee injury, the latest setback for the third-year player who the Ravens had hoped would be a significant component of their running game this season.

To fill Dixon's spot on the roster, the Ravens promoted rookie running back De'Lance Turner from the practice squad.

Dixon, who had been No. 3 on the depth chart behind Alex Collins and Buck Allen, led the Ravens in rushing during the season opener with 13 carries for 44 yards, with all of that coming during the second half as the Ravens rolled to a 47-3 win against the Buffalo Bills Sept. 9. But he went down with an injury in the final two minutes of the game.

Dixon, a fourth-round pick out of Louisiana Tech in 2016, missed all of last season with a torn meniscus in his knee, and he was also slapped with two suspensions last year that he served while on injured reserve. He served a four-game suspension for a violation of the league's policy on performing-enhancing drugs, and he also was hit with a two-game suspension for a violation of the league's substance-abuse policy. 

He was limited at times this preseason as well, finishing the preseason with 16 carries for 46 yards.

As a rookie, Dixon carried 88 times for 382 yards and two touchdowns and caught 30 passes for 162 yards and one score.

Since he was on the team's initial 53-man roster, Dixon is eligible to return from IR after a minimum of eight weeks. A team can have up to two players return from IR.

Turner, a 5-foot-11, 214-pound running back out of Alcorn Sate, carried 22 times for 159 yards during preseason action for the Ravens, including a 65-yard touchdown run at Miami Aug. 25. He set Alcorn State's single-season rushing record in 2017 with 1,357 yards and then was signed by the Ravens as an undrafted rookie free agent. After being among the team's final cuts, he was signed back to the practice squad.

INJURY REPORT

The Ravens have declared tight end Hayden Hurst (foot), defensive lineman Willie Henry (hernia surgery) and cornerback Maurice Canady (thigh) out for the game at Cincinnati Sept. 13. Hurst and Henry also missed the season opener. Canady has been slowed throughout the past few weeks by a hamstring injury but played 10 defensive and 25 special teams snaps against the Bills.

Rookie wide receiver and kick returner Janarion Grant is listed as questionable with a hand injury. He has been limited in practice the past two days.

For the Bengals, reserve wide receiver Cory Core (back) is doubtful and starting middle linebacker Preston Brown (ankle) is questionable. He did not practice Monday and was limited the past two days.

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