OWINGS MILLS – The Ravens will be missing a valuable offensive weapon if tight end Crockett Gillmore (calf) can’t play Thursday night against the Steelers. Gillmore missed practice for the second straight day Tuesday, and he was sidelined during the second half of Sunday’s loss to the Bengals.
Gillmore had not been declared out as of Tuesday night. But talking after practice, Ravens offensive coordinator Marc Trestman sounded like Gillmore missing the game was a definite possibility. If Gillmore does not play, rookies Maxx Williams and Nick Boyle will share the load at tight end.
“We got some young guys playing this week, we know that,” Trestman said. “With Crockett being out, we got some young tight ends that we really love to coach, we love the development that they’re going through right now. We expect them to step up and play well for us.”
With 10 catches for 151 yards and two touchdowns, Gillmore is the team’s second most productive target this season behind Steve Smith. But Williams has also contributed with five catches for 67 yards, while Boyle has two catches for 19 yards.
Ravens coach John Harbaugh praised Williams and Boyle for showing poise as rookies.
“I thought they both did a really good job (Sunday),” said Harbaugh. “These two guys are not two guys that it’s too big for. Both of these guys ,they love being out there, they just want to make plays. They’re tough, competitive, they’re physical. They kind of remind me of Crockett a year ago. I really like our young tight ends.”
However, neither rookie tight end blocks as well as Gillmore, which could hurt the Ravens’ already struggling running game.
Defensive end Chris Canty (calf) also missed practice Tuesday, as did wide receiver Breshad Perriman (knee).