Ravens’ Cam­pa­naro tries to over­come in­jury bug

Cecil Whig - - SPORTS - By SEAN GROGAN

sgro­gan@ce­cil­whig.com

— Michael Cam­pa­naro has been an ef­fec­tive player when he’s been on the field. The prob­lem is how in­fre­quently he finds him­self there.

The third-year wide re­ceiver missed his third­straight prac­tice Tues­day. It was the fifth prac­tice he’s missed since the Bal­ti­more Ravens be­gan train­ing camp on July 28.

Head coach John Har­baugh said Cam­pa­naro is “deal­ing with lit­tle strains here and there.”

Cam­pa­naro sat out of or­ga­nized team ac­tiv­i­ties and mini­camp to nurse a calf in­jury in or­der to be ready for the start of camp. On the days that he has prac­ticed, Cam­pa­naro has shown tal­ent at wide re­ceiver and ap­peared to be front run­ner to re­turn kicks for the Ravens.

But there is lit­tle rea­son

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to trust Cam­pa­naro’s dura­bil­ity.

“If you’re not out there, then you’re not mak­ing plays,” Har­baugh said Mon­day. “You have to show us not only that you can do it, but that you’re go­ing to be there to do it.”

It’s un­usual for a thirdyear player like Cam­pa­naro to fear for his ros­ter spot. When healthy, he pro­vides value to the of­fense and the spe­cial teams.

He caught seven passes for 102 yards and a touch­down in four games as a rookie in 2014. He caught five passes in four games dur­ing the 2015 sea­son and scored a rush­ing touch­down against the Pitts­burgh Steel­ers.

But that’s a to­tal of just eight games that Cam­pa­naro has played in through two pro­fes­sional sea­sons.

“He has to get out there and do it and show us he can do it,” Har­baugh said. “The best guy is go­ing to make it. The ros­ter is way too tight for any­body to be a project right now; it’s go­ing to be [about] guys mak­ing plays.”

He rec­og­nizes how chal­leng­ing the in­juries have been for Cam­pa­naro. Har­baugh sees him work­ing daily to re­main on the field – ex­actly where he ex­pects him to be.

“Michael Cam­pa­naro is one of my fa­vorite guys. I love the guy, be­cause his work ethic is out­stand­ing and his at­ti­tude is just out­stand­ing. Now he needs to get out there and play. He’s work­ing in the train­ing room to get him­self back. I’m con­fi­dent he will be back,” Har­baugh said. “He’s the one that will tell you. He’s the most frus­trated guy out of any­body right now, be­cause of all the work he’s put in.”

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CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY SEAN GROGAN

Ravens tight end Daniel Brown (83) left prac­tice early Mon­day af­ter he re­ceived a hard hit from cor­ner­back Sam Brown.

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY JOR­DAN SCHATZ

Ravens wide re­ceiver Michael Cam­pa­naro missed his third straight day of prac­tice Tues­day.

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