Ravens TE Mark Andrews: Nick Boyle, Practicing Again, Is ‘The Type Of Guy We Need’

Ravens tight end Nick Boyle practiced on Oct. 20 for the first time since the regular season began after the Ravens designated him to return from injured reserve.

Boyle, considered one of the league’s top blocking tight ends, has not played since suffering a major knee injury at New England last November. The Ravens originally had hoped he would be ready for the beginning of the season, but he underwent an additional procedure that delayed his return.

Boyle took part in individual drills with a brace on his left knee in the portion of practice open to the media.

Boyle began training camp on the physically-unable-to-perform list, then returned to practice in early September. He was on the field for just a couple of days, though, before landing on injured reserve “to get his knee right and get his body right,” head coach John Harbaugh said at the time.

“I think everybody on the team knows how much he wants to be out here playing,” tight end Mark Andrews said. “This means so much to him, playing here and playing with his guys, it means a lot. So for him to be able to be getting healthy and eventually coming out, that’s the type of guy we need.”

Boyle, 28, had 14 catches for 113 yards and two touchdowns last year, but the 6-foot-4, 270-pounder has had a bigger impact as a blocker for a Ravens rushing attack that led the league each of the past two years.

Boyle, originally a fifth-round pick out of Delaware in 2015, has signed a pair of contract extensions, most recently this past January, and is under contract through the 2023 season.

Under the IR rules, now that Boyle has returned to practice, he must return to the 53-man roster within 21 days. If not, he must stay on IR for the remainder of the season.

NOTEBOOK

KNIGHT DOES NOT REPORT: Offensive tackle Brandon Knight, who was awarded to the Ravens via a waiver claim after being released by the Dallas Cowboys, has not reported to the team because of “personal reasons,” head coach John Harbaugh said.

Knight had been with the Cowboys for three seasons after being signed as an undrafted rookie out of Indiana. He started 10 games over his career, including nine last year at left tackle, but played just briefly in one game this year before being released.

The Ravens have placed Knight on the Reserve/Did Not Report list, so they retain his rights and he will not count toward the 53-man roster limit.

RAVENS ADD PRACTICE SQUAD CENTER: With Bradley Bozeman dealing with a back injury, the Ravens signed center Adam Redmond to the practice squad after he worked out with the team earlier in the week. Redmond was signed by the Indianapolis Colts in 2016 as an undrafted rookie out of Harvard, and has played 18 career games with the Colts (4) and Dallas Cowboys (14). He was with the Chicago Bears in training camp before being released.

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