Campanaro has been nursing a lingering calf injury since at least May. He was expected to contend for a role returning kickoffs, but the fact of the matter is simply that he couldn't get healthy in time for the regular season, subsequently forcing Baltimore to look elsewhere in the form of veteran special teams ace Devin Hester. However, Zrebiec also noted the Ravens' "hope" is to bring Campanaro back should he return to top form by midseason.
Campanaro was expected to compete for the kick returner position but after his injury struggles the team moved on and signed Devin Hester. Campanaro will be eligible for IR if he clears waivers, but the team has expressed interest in resigning him to the active roster once he's healthy.
Campanaro (undisclosed) returned to practice Monday, ESPN.com's Jamison Hensley reports.
Plagued by lower-body injuries through his first two seasons, Campanaro had enjoyed a healthy training camp until the past couple days. It doesn't seem to be a major issue, and his chances to earn a roster spot got a boost Monday when the Ravens waived return specialist Kaelin Clay (foot). If he can finally stay healthy, Campanaro has a shot to open the season as Baltimore's punt returner and No. 3/4 wideout.
Campanaro has dealt with a long list of soft-tissue injuries since he was selected in the seventh round of the 2014 draft, limiting him to just eight games through his first two professional seasons. However, he's made a strong impression when healthy, showing promise as both a slot receiver and return specialist. After missing part of the offseason program due to the calf injury, Campanaro should enter training camp at 100 percent. He's acknowledged that this will be his make-or-break season, as the Ravens have a deep group at wide receiver, potentially leaving him on the roster bubble.
A 2014 seventh-round selection, Campanaro has mostly impressed when healthy -- especially during the preseason -- but lower-body injuries have limited him to just eight regular-season games in two years. He admitted in January that 2016 will be a make-or-break season, as he could establish himself as a key slot target for Joe Flacco but might also find himself on the wrong end of the roster bubble. Campanaro isn't off to a great start, dealing with yet another soft-tissue injury in his lower body, this time a calf strain. Granted, the
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