Ravens’ Campanaro tries to overcome injury bug
— 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
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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Ravens tight end Daniel Brown (83) left practice early Monday after he received a hard hit from cornerback Sam Brown.
Ravens wide receiver Michael Campanaro missed his third straight day of practice Tuesday.