Michael Campanaro's faith in the Ravens and vice versa produced an outcome both sides wanted.
After the team waived him with an injury settlement on Sept. 13 because of a calf strain, Campanaro worked out on his own. After healing, the Clarksville resident and River Hill graduate could have joined the Pittsburgh Steelers, New England Patriots or Denver Broncos, but stayed true to his word and joined the Ravens practice squad Monday.
"That was kind of our plan when we did the settlement," Campanaro said after Monday's practice. "But you never know. When something like that happens, you've got to trust the word of them. But they held true on their end, and I did the same thing. We have a good relationship, and I'm just happy it worked out."
Campanaro, 25, rejoins the team, which leads the AFC North after Sunday's 21-14 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers. The seventh-round pick of the 2014 NFL draft could bolster a return game that has struggled with Devin Hester Sr.
Hester surpassed Darrien Gordon for third place for the most punt return yards in NFL history Sunday, but he has been slowed by a pulled groin that has affected his ability to move laterally. He'sfumbled four times this year.
Campanaro could have been disappointed about his release two months ago. But he said the injury settlement was a better alternative than spending the entire season on injured reserve.
"I didn't want to be on IR for the whole year," he said. "So when they suggested it and said they had a plan in mind, I was excited for it. Just to rehab and have a chance to potentially come play. The team's in first place. So it's kind of a great opportunity to come back to."
Coach John Harbaugh was happy to see Campanaro back in the fold.
"His legs were fresh," Harbaugh said. "He was bobbing around. I really appreciate the fact that he's here and not somewhere else. He would have had a chance a couple of weeks earlier to go with another team, and he wanted to wait until the rules made him available to come here. We'll put him to work and see where he's at. There's a chance he can contribute for us."
To make room for Campanaro, the club released wide receiver Dobson Collins, who had spent time with the San Francisco 49ers and the Philadelphia Eagles before playing in the Canadian Football League.
The Ravens also added tight end Mitchell Henry to the practice squad. Henry joined the Green Bay Packers as an undrafted free agent in 2015 and appeared in two games with the Denver Broncos later that year.
Henry filled the void created when the Washington Redskinssigned offensive tackle Blaine Clausell from the practice squad. Clausell joined the team as an undrafted free agent in 2015 and had spent the final seven games of that season and the first eight contests of this fall on the practice squad.