Baltimore Ravens rookie running back Kenneth Dixon is expected to miss four weeks with a medial collateral ligament tear in his left knee that will not require surgery, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Dixon, a fourth-round pick, was the Ravens' best runner this preseason, leading the team with 107 yards rushing and a 4.9-yard average. He was injured in Saturday night's preseason game against the Detroit Lions late in the second quarter, when defensive tackle Haloti Ngata fell on Dixon's left leg on a goal-line run.
The news that Dixon could miss the first couple of weeks of the regular season confirms what coach John Harbaugh said after Saturday's game. “Does not look like an overly serious injury," Harbaugh said.
Dixon had just moved up the depth chart, getting some reps with the first team Saturday night and becoming the second running back to get into the game behind starter Justin Forsett. With Dixon sidelined, Terrance West could get additional carries. West started camp on fire but has since cooled off with Dixon moving past him. This is Dixon's third injury since being the 134th player drafted this year.