Ravens second-year tight end Nick Boyle has been suspended for the first 10 games of the 2016 season for violating the NFL’s policy on performance enhancing substances, the NFL announced Friday. It’s another red flag for Boyle, who was also suspended the final four games of last season for violating the league’s policy. Boyle will be allowed to participate in offseason activities, as well as preseason practices and games, before his suspension begins.
Boyle was a fifth-round pick from Delaware last season, and played well as a rookie until his suspension. Drafted primarily as a blocking tight end, Boyle was solid in that area, but also showed pass-catching skills with 18 catches for 153 yards. The Ravens still have two young tight ends on the roster – Crockett Gillmore, entering his third season, and Maxx Williams, who was drafted in the second round last year. However, losing Boyle hurts the Ravens depth at the position, especially if veteran Dennis Pitta is unable to resume his career after his second major hip surgery.
Losing Boyle may not change the Ravens’ draft strategy, but it raises questions about Boyle’s future with the team moving forward.
After Boyle’s suspension last year, Ravens coach John Harbuagh said, “He was telling me how stupid it was, and I agreed. It was pretty dumb. Hopefully he’ll grow and learn from that.
“The shame of it is here’s a guy that’s playing so well. He’s one of the gems of the draft class in terms of a fifth-round pick playing the way he does. He plays hard. He has been good in the pass game, good in the run game.”
However, Boyle has not been good at avoiding getting suspended. And to have an NFL future, that is something he will have to overcome.
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On Wednesday, February 14, a horrific school shooting claimed the lives of 17 innocent people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.
The tragic event impacted people far and wide, and hit especially close to home for Ravens running back Alex Collins.
The former Arkansas star was born in Plantation, Fla., a suburb of Fort Lauderdale and went to high school just 15 miles south of Douglas High School.
In the offseason, Collins took Irish dancing lessons to improve his footwork, and following the act of terror, the Ravens' tailback learned that one of his dance partners had been killed in the mass shooting.
17-year-old Cara Loughran attended The Drake school of Irish Dance with Collins in addition to two other Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students and was fatally shot by the gunman on Wednesday afternoon.
Collins took to his Twitter account to issue this heartfelt message.
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“The school shooting yesterday hit home,” Collins wrote.
“We received confirmation a few hours ago we lost one of the girls, Cara Loughran. Two other girls saw and experienced unspeakable tragedy. My heart goes out to these girls, all their families and their teacher Chrissy.”
BALTIMORE -- The Baltimore Ravens and Chicago Bears will launch the NFL's 99th season by playing in the annual Hall of Fame game on Aug. 2.
The Ravens' first appearance in the Hall of Fame game, which launches the league's 2018 Enshrinement Week. Former Baltimore linebacker Ray Lewis is among the inductees, along with former Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher.
Lewis, who played 17 seasons with the Ravens, and Urlacher, who played all of his 13 seasons with Chicago, both were elected on the first ballot.
Lewis joins Jonathan Ogden as the only Ravens in the Hall of Fame. Both were selected by Baltimore in the first round of the 1996 draft.
The other members of the Class of 2018 include Bobby Beathard, Robert Brazile, Brian Dawkins, Jerry Kramer, Randy Moss and Terrell Owens. All will be inducted on Saturday, Aug. 4.
This will be the record-tying fifth time that the Bears will play in the Hall of Fame game. They won the previous four, most recently 27-24 over Miami in 2005.
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