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Ravens TE suspended 10 games for PED violation

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Ravens TE suspended 10 games for PED violation

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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Whirlwind week: Demone Harris makes Ravens practice squad, loses and then finds engagement ring, gets engaged

Whirlwind week: Demone Harris makes Ravens practice squad, loses and then finds engagement ring, gets engaged

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — In the span of a few days, Demone Harris bought an engagement ring, was released by the Buccaneers, traveled to Baltimore — where he lost the engagement ring, earned a spot on the Ravens practice squad and subsequently found the ring and got engaged.

Harris announced on Twitter today that he signed with the Ravens practice squad. The outside linebacker is in his second year in the NFL and originally was an undrafted free agent from Buffalo.

But that’s not the entire story of his signing.

Harris was released by the Buccaneers after returning from London on Oct. 15. He also had plans to propose to his girlfriend that week and had already purchased an engagement ring.

After a workout last Thursday morning in Baltimore, he was unable to find the engagement ring he planned to propose to his girlfriend with that weekend. 

Just a short while after the Ravens texted Harris to let him know he’d made the practice squad, he also received word that his engagement ring was found in the hotel he stayed at. 

The Ravens shipped the ring to him overnight and he proposed to his girlfriend on Friday in Buffalo like he’d planned to do all along. 

He ended his story on Twitter that he wanted to find the person who located the ring and “do something nice.”

For not having practiced with the Ravens yet, Harris has already created quite a stir.

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Ravens cut Justin Bethel, lose Pernell McPhee likely for season

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Ravens cut Justin Bethel, lose Pernell McPhee likely for season

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Just a day after a hard-fought win in Seattle, the Ravens have two roster spots to fill on defense.

The Ravens released special teams standout Justin Bethel on Monday, and coach John Harbaugh announced that Pernell McPhee is likely out for the season with a torn tricep.

Bethel was released after the Titans released Brent Urban last week.

The reason for Bethel's release was that Urban was due to give the Ravens a compensatory fourth-round pick. He signed a one-year deal in the offseason with the Titans as he left the Ravens. 

But Urban, who signed with Chicago on Monday, failed to impress in Tennessee and was released before the Week 10 compensatory deadline. Meaning, the Ravens would have lost the fourth-round pick they were scheduled to receive for John Brown's departure were it not for Bethel's release.

Bethel had six special teams tackles this season and was arguably the Ravens' best special teams player that doesn't snap or kick.

"Justin Bethel unfortunately had to be released due to a funky rule that the NFL has with these compensatory picks," Harbaugh said. "A judgement has to be made in terms of for the future as well. That's tough for us. I told him I think he's the best special teams player in the NFL, and he's playing that way."

Additionally, McPhee will likely be out for the season with a torn tricep. McPhee had three sacks and 19 total tackles in seven games for the Ravens this season.

"Pernell McPhee, it looks like he has a torn tricep," Harbaugh said. "If he has a torn tricep which I believe he does, that'll proclude the rest of the season." 

The Ravens have Aaron Adeoye, a rookie outside linebacker, on the practice squad should they wish to promote someone from within. Otherwise, they'll have to look through the free agent market or poach from another practice squad.

The NFL trade deadline is next Tuesday. 

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