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Ravens tight end Nick Boyle suspended 4 games for performance-enhancing substance

Ravens coach John Harbaugh believes the team will have several tight ends available to play against the Seahawks on Sunday. This after rookie tight end Nick Boyle was suspended for the final four games of this season for violating the NFL policy on performance-enhancing substances. (Kevin Richardson)

The NFL on Monday suspended Ravens rookie tight end Nick Boyle without pay for the remaining four games of the season for violating league policy on performance-enhancing substances.

The statement released by the NFL did not specify what Boyle tested positive for, but players are subject to a four-game suspension after their first positive test. The league does not disclose the substance when a player fails a drug test.

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Coach John Harbaugh, while leaving it to Boyle to disclose what the substance was, said "it wasn't steroids or anything like that.
 
"When I first heard about it, that was my first thought," Harbaugh said. "'I hope it's not something like that.' It's nothing like that. He can confirm what it was. It's pretty common. It's what we hear about all the time. I don't think he realized it was something he shouldn't be doing. If he did, he just didn't think it through. That's how I feel, and he was telling me how stupid it was. I agreed. It's pretty dumb. Hopefully, he'll learn from it."

Boyle, a fifth-round NFL draft pick out of Delaware whose progress throughout the season surprised team officials, was the lone healthy tight end Sunday against the Miami Dolphins after starter Crockett Gillmore left with a back injury in the first half. Fellow rookie Maxx Williams didn't play because of a concussion.
 
"The shame of it is here's a guy who's playing so well," Harbaugh said. "This guy is playing really well, one of the gems of the draft class, a fifth-round pick playing the way he was.
 
"He plays hard, he's been good in the pass game, run game — really smart, tough. He's got a tremendous future. I told him that today. It's just a shame you're going to miss four games here when you're playing like a veteran out there. He'll learn from it. He's smart, and we'll move forward."
 
Boyle had 18 catches for 153 yards this season, including three catches for 15 yards in Sunday's loss to the Miami Dolphins.
 
Harbaugh said he thinks Gillmore and Williams "have a really good chance to play" against the Seattle Seahawks Sunday.
 
Williams is in the concussion protocol, and Harbaugh acknowledged that will dictate his return, but said Williams told him he would play.
 
"Crockett is the same way," Harbaugh said. "Crockett's had a myriad of nicks and bruises and contusions and all those kind of things like that. This is another one. It'll just be day-to-day. He will not have to practice to play, for sure. With our situation at tight end, if he can play, he's going to be out there playing."

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Behind those two, Harbaugh said the Ravens would "bring some guys in to make sure we have backup tight ends."
 
That could include adding longtime practice squad member Konrad Reuland to the active roster, or bringing someone in from the outside, a process Harbaugh said was already underway.
 
"We've got a guy we're bringing in," Harbaugh said. "We'll see how that goes in the next day. He's played in our system, and he can definitely play and block and do those things. We're not going to get away from those types of packages. Those are very important to us."

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