OWINGS MILLS – Will wide receiver Michael Campanaro’s latest injury cost him a roster spot on the Ravens?
The oft-injured Campanaro missed his second straight practice Monday with what coach John Harbaugh called “little strains.” The inability to stay healthy has been the biggest issue in Campanaro’s young career. While the Ravens know Campanaro can make plays, can they afford to keep him on the roster for a third straight season if his health continues to be an issue?
“Part of it’s being out there so you can prove yourself,” Harbaugh said following Monday’s practice. “I can’t wait to see how this thing shakes out (not only) Thursday, but for the next three weeks. Who’s going to make plays? We have a bunch of guys with potential who are definitely talented enough to do it…Who’s going to make the plays? If you make the plays, there’s a place for you on this team, because we need guys out there making plays to help is win games.
“If you’re not out there, you’re not making plays. Michael Campanaro is one of my favorite guys. I love the guy because his work ethic is so outstanding. His attitude is outstanding. Now he needs to get out there and play. He’s working in the training room to get himself back. I’m confident he will be back. He will tell you, he’s the most frustrated guy of anybody right now…This roster is way too tight for anybody to be a project.”
The Ravens have numerous injuries at wide receiver, with Campanaro, Chris Moore (knee), and Chris Matthews missing practice Monday, and Breshad Perriman and Steve Smith Sr. still on the PUP list.
Wide receivers on the roster bubble like Jeremy Butler, Kaelin Clay, and rookie Keenan Reynolds should see plenty of action in Thursday’s preseason opener against the Panthers. Meanwhile, Campanaro needs to get healthy quickly, to avoid being a victim when final roster cuts are made prior to Week 1.