MIAMI (AP) Miami Dolphins guard Richie Incognito and defensive tackle Randy Starks have been added to the AFC Pro Bowl roster.
Incognito replaces Baltimore Ravens guard Marshal Yanda, who will be participating in the Super Bowl.
Starks replaces New England Patriots defensive tackle Vince Wilfork, who will miss the game because of an injury.
Incognito, an eighth-year pro out of Nebraska, started all 16 games for the Dolphins. The Pro Bowl selection is the first for Incognito.
Starks, a nine-year pro, had 27 tackles, 4 1/2 sacks and one interception.
The Dolphins have four players in Sunday's Pro Bowl. The others are defensive end Cameron Wake and long snapper John Denney.
According to Ian Rappoport, the Ravens will be without one of their most important players for the 2017-2018 season.
Running back Kenneth Dixon underwent surgery Tuesday for a torn meniscus. Dixon was expected to be out for a few weeks with a "trim", but it turned into a full repair that will require a four-to-five month recovery. The full repair is more beneficial for his long-term health. This is Dixon's third knee injury in 12 months.
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Dixon was set to miss the first four games of the season for violating the leagues PED policy. In 2016, he had 382 rushing yards and averaged 4.3 yards per carry in 12 games.
Upon losing one of their top RB's, the Ravens are planning to bring back Bobby Rainey who was with the team in 2012 as an undrafted free agent. He will be an addition to Terrance West and Danny Woodhead who will be the teams' staple running backs. Also up for the job is Buck Allen, Lorenzo Taliaferro, and undrafted rookie Taquan Mizzell.
Dixon is the third Raven to suffer a season-ending injury. Cornerback Tavon Young is out for the season after tearing his ACL and tight end Dennis Pitta was waived after suffering a hip injury.
The NFL announced today that tight end Darren Waller of the Baltimore Ravens would be suspended for a year or longer for his second violation of the substance abuse policy.
Waller was a 2015 sixth-round pick out of Georgia Tech who served a four-game suspension to start the 2016 season for a substance abuse violation. After returning from his suspension last year, he posted 10 catches for 85 yards and two touchdowns in a limited role.
After his 2016 violation, he was quoted as saying [via Ravens.com]:
“There were other personal issues, and [marijuana] was the one thing I always turned to,” Waller said. “It was just about finding more positive outlets for me to do, like talking to people about it and things like that. I’m definitely at a better place with that now.”
Unfortunately for the Ravens, he will miss the 2017 season and potentially longer after the latest violation. It leaves the Ravens down two tight ends from last year after Dennis Pitta was released earlier this month after re-injuring his hip.
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