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Michael Campanaro Returns to Practice Ready to Make Plays


Wide receiver Michael Campanaro passed his physical has returned to practice at Ravens training camp.

Campanaro has been sidelined for much of the offseason due to a toe injury suffered in early June. It was the latest of a string of injuries that have hindered his career thus far.

Now he needs to stay healthy and make up ground.

"I love playing football, have a passion for the game," Campanaro said Tuesday. "I come in every day and work hard. So it's just awesome to be back out there competing, playing and feeling good."

Campanaro has played in just 11 games in three years because thigh, back, calf and other injuries.

The local River Hill High School product has flashed his potential as a slot wide receiver and returner who can get open, make people miss and make sound decisions whenever he's been on the field.

He's running out of opportunties, however. Campanaro has some stiff competition to make the 53-man roster as the team's No. 5 or No. 6 wide receiver. Undrafted rookie Tim White, and veterans Griff Whalen and Chris Matthews have stood out during various part of the offseason.

Campanaro didn't feel like he's behind the eight-ball, however.

"I'll knock off some of the rust in the first few days, but after that this preseason is long," he said. "It's a long six weeks. I've got plenty of time in these six weeks to make plays, be consistent and be out there every day to earn a roster spot and show I can be a playmaker."

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