The Ravens suffered a blow to their offense in Sunday’s win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Starting tight end Nick Boyle went down with a concussion in the second half of the 20-12 victory. Boyle was ruled out for the rest of the game and now must be cleared from the NFL’s concussion protocol before returning to practice or game action.
Head Coach John Harbaugh did not provide an update on Boyle’s status after the game, but he will have a short week to be cleared before the Ravens play the Los Angeles Chargers on Saturday.
The four-year veteran has started 11 games this year and has 21 catches for 198 receiving yards. Boyle, 6-foot-4 and 270 pounds, is particularly valuable as a blocker, and losing him would be a blow to the run-heavy offense.
When Boyle left Sunday’s game, the Ravens turned to Maxx Williams, Mark Andrews and Hayden Hurst to take a larger share of the workload.
“That’s the game of football,” Williams said. “If Nick happens to not be playing, we’re just going to keep playing as an offense and not miss a beat. I think that’s the nature of the game, the next-man-up mentality. That’s how coach has made this team, we’re always ready to go, no matter what.”
Williams, Andrews and Hurst all caught a pass in Sunday’s victory, and Hurst had one of his best games of the season. The first-round pick caught three passes for 20 yards, including a tough catch on third down to move the chains. Andrews also pulled down an impressive 17-yard grab.
“I’ve got a niche in this offense,” Andrews said. “I have a lot of confidence in my abilities.”