OWINGS MILLS, Md. — The Ravens are in danger of not having their best blocking tight end for Sunday’s tilt against Tennessee as Nick Boyle remains sidelined with a toe injury.
Boyle was listed as questionable after missing his third straight practice and was labeled a game-time decision by head coach John Harbaugh on Friday. His absence would be a tough blow as Baltimore faces a Tennessee run defense allowing just 3.6 yards per carry this season.
“He has played a bunch, so he does not need to practice to play,” Harbaugh said. “We will take him out there on Sunday and see how he looks. And if he can go, he will go. If he can’t, he won’t. The coaches have put together compensation plans if he can’t go.”
Included in those plans should be tight end Maxx Williams, who practiced fully for the third straight day and is expected to play despite being listed as questionable. The 2015 second-round pick has missed five games this season with a left ankle injury suffered in Week 2 and aggravated in Week 6.
Defensive tackle Michael Pierce (illness) said he’s still feeling some effects from the flu, but he returned to practice on a limited basis Friday. He was officially designated as questionable to play against the Titans.
Left tackle Ronnie Stanley (shoulder) is also listed as questionable after practicing on a limited basis throughout the week. He missed four offensive snaps after hurting his right shoulder in the second half of last week’s win over Miami, but he did return to the game.
Wide receiver Michael Campanaro (shoulder) and safety Chuck Clark (hamstring) were absent from practice once again and were officially ruled out for Sunday’s game. Running back Terrance West (calf) will miss his fourth straight game, but he made a brief appearance on the practice field for the first time since Week 5, an encouraging sign for a return after the Week 10 bye.
Quarterback Joe Flacco (concussion) was officially listed as questionable, but he is fully expected to start after passing concussion protocol and practicing fully all week. Center Ryan Jensen (shoulder), wide receivers Mike Wallace (back) and Jeremy Maclin (shoulder), and defensive back Lardarius Webb (concussion) were also among those designated as questionable who are expected to play.
Baltimore has officially activated cornerback Maurice Canady from injured reserve, who underwent knee surgery early in training camp and returned to practice last month. He is expected to contribute on special teams and could serve a role in sub packages in the secondary.
“He has done a heck of a job. He looks good and prepared,” Harbaugh said. “He looks, really, the way he did in training camp, so he’s ready to roll. Whether we can get him active or not and all that kind of stuff depends on how the roster shakes out by Sunday, but he is ready to play if needed.”
Wide receiver Chris Matthews (thigh) was waived with an injury designation to make room on the 53-man roster.
The Titans officially ruled out left guard Quinton Spain (toe) and listed standout tight end Delanie Walker (ankle) as questionable. The latter practiced on a limited basis Friday and is considered a game-time decision.
According to Weather.com, Sunday’s forecast in Nashville calls for partly cloudy skies with temperatures reaching the high 70s and winds 10 to 20 miles per hour.
Below is the final injury report for the week:
OUT: WR Michael Campanaro (shoulder), S Chuck Clark (thigh), RB Terrance West (calf)
QUESTIONABLE: TE Nick Boyle (toe), QB Joe Flacco (concussion), C Ryan Jensen (shoulder), WR Jeremy Maclin (shoulder), TE Vince Mayle (concussion), CB Jimmy Smith (Achilles), DT Michael Pierce (illness), OT Ronnie Stanley (shoulder), WR Mike Wallace (back), DB Lardarius Webb (concussion), TE Maxx Williams (ankle), LB Tim Williams (thigh)
OUT: G Quinton Spain (toe)
QUESTIONABLE: LB Nate Palmer (ankle), TE Delanie Walker (ankle)