The Baltimore Ravens officially signed RB Bobby Rainey to a contract on Wednesday.
Ian Rapoport reports that Ravens RB Kenneth Dixon will miss the entire 2017 season after suffering a medial meniscus tear.
Rapoport mentions that Dixon is expected to be out 4-5 months.
This happens to be Dixon’s third knee injury in the past year and should keep him out between 6-to-8 weeks depending on the severity of the injury.
Dixon was already set to miss the first four games of the season due to a four-game suspension for violating the league’s performance-enhancing drug policy.
Dixon, 23, was selected in the fourth-round of the 2016 NFL Draft by the Ravens. He signed a four-year, $2.723 million rookie contract that included a $383,392 signing bonus. He is set to make a base salary of $540,000 this year.
In 2016, Dixon appeared in 12 games for the Ravens and recorded 88 rushing attempts for 382 rushing yards (4.3 YPC) and two touchdowns. He also accumulated 30 receptions for 162 yards receiving and one touchdown. Pro Football Focus graded him as the No. 24 overall running back out of 62 qualifying players.
Rainey, 29, wound up signing on with the Ravens as an undrafted free agent out of Western Kentucky back in 2012. He spent over a year in Baltimore before being waived at the start of the 2013 season and later claimed by the Browns.
Rainey lasted just a few months in Cleveland before he was once again waived and this time claimed by the Buccaneers. The Giants signed him to a one-year contract last April.
In 2016, Rainey appeared in 15 games for the Giants and rushed for 63 yards on 17 carries (3.7 YPC) to go along with 20 receptions for 153 yards receiving and no touchdowns. He totaled 204 kick return yards and 39 punt return yards.