Boyle (knee) signed a two-year extension with the Ravens on Friday. Entering the third and final season of his first contract extension, Boyle is now signed with Baltimore through 2023. Once he's finished rehabbing from his season-ending knee injury, Boyle should occupy his usual spot as the blocking complement to pass-catching ace Mark Andrews. Ravens coach John Harbaugh said Boyle should be ready for the start of training camp, as the injury the tight end suffered Week 10 didn't include an ACL tear.
Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said Wednesday that he expects Boyle (knee) to be ready for training camp this summer, Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com reports. Boyle suffered a season-ending knee injury Week 10, sustaining damage to his MCL, PCL and hamstring. He avoided an ACL tear, so his rehab process should be wrapped up before the Ravens take the field for Week 1 of 2021. Boyle caught just 14 passes in nine 2020 appearances, but he averaged 42.2 snaps per game and tied for the 10th-best run-blocking grade out of 71 qualified tight ends, per Pro Football Focus. Boyle has one season remaining on a three-year, $18 million contract, and he's scheduled for a non-guaranteed $5.5 million base salary in 2021.
Boyle is dealing with injuries to his MCL, PCL and hamstring, leading to his placement on season-ending injured reserve, Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic reports. Boyle avoided any damage to his ACL, but the rest of his knee suffered severe damage. The Ravens believe the 27-year-old will bounce back, but they haven't indicated whether they're confident he'll be ready for the 2021 season. Luke Willson and/or Sean Culkin likely will be promoted from the practice squad to take over Boyle's blocking role.
The Ravens placed Boyle (knee) on injured reserve Tuesday, Clifton Brown of the team's official site reports. This move was inevitable after coach John Harbaugh ruled Boyle out for the year following Sunday's loss to the Patriots. The nature of his injury hasn't been revealed. Mark Andrews is the only remaining tight end on the active roster, so the Ravens signed Luke Willson to the practice squad to join Xavier Grimble and Sean Culkin as potential replacements moving forward.
Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said after Sunday's 23-17 loss to the Patriots that Boyle will will miss the rest of the season with the left knee injury he suffered in the third quarter of the contest. Boyle was carted off after taking a hard hit to his leg, and the injury unfortunately turned out to be significant. Baltimore will likely look to bring in another blocking-minded tight end to replace Boyle, as Mark Andrews is the only healthy option at the position on the roster.
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