Ravens rookie tight end Maxx Williams missed a second straight day of practice with a concussion, further limiting the likelihood of the Ravens getting on a run of having all three of their young, promising tight ends healthy at once.
Williams suffered his concussion in the second half of Monday’s 33-27 win over the Cleveland Browns, leaving the game without a catch after playing 15 snaps. It was the fourth game this season in which all three tight ends — Crockett Gillmore, plus rookies Williams and Nick Boyle — have been healthy for an entire game this season.
The trio played the first two games of the season, then Gillmore injured his calf in Week 3 against the Cincinnati Bengals and missed the ensuing two weeks. All three played in Week 6 at San Francisco, then Williams sat out the next week with a leg injury and played three snaps upon his return.
All three played and combined for 11 catches, 107 yards and two touchdowns in Week 10 against the Jaguars, and the tight end-heavy formations that game appeared to be a way forward for the Ravens’ inconsistent offense, but Boyle missed the next game with a foot injury. Upon his return against the Browns, Williams left with a concussion.
Williams’ pending absence will rob Dolphins interim coach Dan Campbell, a former NFL tight end who was elevated to his current role from the position of tight end coach, an opportunity to see three players he liked a lot out of the draft all on the field together.
“I’ll be honest with you; I liked every one of those guys,” Campbell. “I mean, I looked at them and I liked Gillmore when he came out. To me he was kind of an old school, throwback, Y-tight end. A big guy, had really soft hands, he was strong, he plays physical, he finishes and he is really improved. They should be happy over there with his development.
“I love Boyle as well because I thought he was a really tough guy; another big-blocking, wide-body kind of guy with soft hands. And then of course Maxx, I always pictured him as a U-tight end. Kind of the move-around guy that’s able to work in space. So they’ve got three good, young tight ends on that roster.”
Williams, who has 19 catches for 168 yards and a touchdown this season, is in the NFL’s concussion protocol, which prescribes several steps that must be completed before a player can return to action.
Also out of practice Wednesday were wide receiver Marlon Brown (back) and left tackle Eugene Monroe (shoulder), while defensive end Chris Canty and inside linebacker Daryl Smith likely got veteran days off.