Baltimore Ravens running back Kenneth Dixon was suspended four games for violating the league's performance-enhancing drug policy.
With Dixon set to miss the first four games of 2017, the Ravens will have to lean on Terrence West and Danny Woodhead, who the team reportedly plans to sign to a three-year contract. Dixon was in a position to compete for the team's starting running back spot prior to the suspension.
“I mistakenly took a substance without the proper NFL medical exemption, and while it was unintentional, I accept full responsibility for my actions and their consequences. I am truly sorry for the mistake I made and the distraction it causes. Moving forward, I remain committed to focusing on my offseason training, conditioning and game preparation so I can be an immediate impact player for the Ravens when my suspension is over.”
Dixon is heading into his second year with the team after being a fourth-round pick out of Louisiana Tech in the 2016 draft. In his rookie season, Dixon played in 12 games and rushed for 382 yards and two touchdowns.
“While we are disappointed in the mistake Kenneth made, we appreciate the fact that he has assumed responsibility for his actions,” General Manager Ozzie Newsome said. “Kenneth is a good person, but he must learn from this and take the proper steps to rebuild trust within the organization, especially with his coaches and teammates.”