It could have been a lot worse for the Ravens. Tight end Ben Watson went down with an Achilles injury on the first play from scrimmage. Later in the first half, Ravens fans collectively held their breath as running back Kenneth Dixon laid on the grass with what appeared as a left leg injury. Dixon was only diagnosed with a MCL sprain, and a sigh of relief was let out around Baltimore.
Adam Schefter of ESPN reported today that a MRI changed Dixon’s diagnosis to a slight tear of his MCL. The injury will not require surgery and will sideline Dixon for a minimum of four weeks.
Ravens' rookie RB Kenneth Dixon is expected to miss four weeks with an MCL tear that will not require surgery, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 28, 2016
With roster cuts this week, the Ravens have to choose whether or not to put Dixon on IR. If the Ravens do such, Dixon would clearly be the one player the Ravens choose to take off of IR as of now, but that could be risky should other injuries occur throughout the year.
The Ravens could leave Dixon on the 53 man roster as he is clearly going to make the team. He will likely only miss Week 1, week 2, and possibly week 3, so leaving him on the roster hurts another player’s chances, but that player might get cut when Dixon would come back anyway.
The Ravens clearly dodged a huge bullet with Dixon, and considering how deep the running back position is, the Ravens should be able to make up for Dixon’s loss just fine.