OWINGS MILLS -- Ravens rookie tight end Nick Boyle missed his third straight practice on Friday, which could throw a monkey wrench into the Ravens game plan for Sunday.
Against Jacksonville last week, the Ravens frequently used three-tight-end formations, with Boyle, Crockett Gillmore and Maxx Williams all playing a key part of the offense. The trio combined for 11 catches for 117 yards and two scores (Gillmore, Williams). That appeared to be one of the adjustments the Ravens had made to compensate for the season-ending injury to Steve Smith Sr., the team's leading receiver.
“We can do a lot of different things, in the run game and the pass game with those guys. … I do think we’ll be seeing more of that as we go forward,” coach John Harbaugh said after the Jaguars game.
Boyle, though, has not practiced all week and was seen again Friday with a walking boot on his left foot. He officially has been declared doubtful for Sunday.
Boyle, a fifth-round draft pick out of Delaware, has been a pleasant surprise this year. Regarded primarily as a blocking tight end, Boyle has shown good hands and athleticism, with 14 catches for 128 yards. He is the only tight end who has appeared in all nine games.
The Ravens signed tight end Chase Ford off the Vikings practice squad earlier this week, and he could be the No. 3 tight end Sunday. But it’s also possible he’ll be a gameday inactive after just a few days learning the Ravens system. The Ravens also have tight end Konrad Reuland on their practice squad; elevating him to the active roster would require a corresponding roster move by Saturday at 4 p.m.
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