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Ravens notebook: Decision on tight end Nick Boyle is pending

The expected absence of tight end Crockett Gillmore (thigh) increases the likelihood that the Ravens will activate blocking tight end Nick Boyle and have him make his 2016 regular-season debut Sunday. They have until 4 p.m. Saturday to make that move for Boyle to be eligible to play against the Bengals.

Boyle was suspended for the first 10 games for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing drugs. He returned to practice Monday.

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"He came back in really good shape, very impressive shape," coach John Harbaugh said. "It looks like he's been working really hard. But there is a process of knocking off the rust for sure. It's been 10 weeks, 11 weeks since he's been in a football practice. No decision has to be made until really Monday. As far as the game, we'll just have to see. We have to talk it out and decide what we want to do."

The Ravens have struggled to find a blocking tight end with Gillmore injured and Boyle serving his suspension.

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Wide receiver/kick returner Michael Campanaro (River Hill) remains on the Ravens' practice squad, but Harbaugh said he's making a very good impression in practices. "Michael really looks good out there. He came back in phenomenal shape," he said. "He stayed completely healthy. He's worked out here. I'm pretty excited about Michael right now. We just have to see if the opportunity presents itself to get him out there some time, I know he's hoping for the very near future. We'll just have to see what happens." . … The Ravens will be wearing their black jerseys for Sunday's game, according to the team's website. … The Ravens will host their 21st annual Family Food & Funds Drive, sponsored by Giant Food, before Sunday's game at M&T Bank Stadium. Maryland Food Bank and M&T Bank volunteers will be outside the stadium gates from 11 a.m. until kickoff at 1 p.m., collecting monetary and non-perishable food donations.

jeff.zrebiec@baltsun.com

edward.lee@baltsun.com

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