With the tight end position decimated by injuries and the suspension to rookie Nick Boyle, the Ravens added veterans Konrad Reuland and Richard Gordon to the 53-man roster on Tuesday.
With Monday’s news of Boyle being suspended four games for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs, the Ravens were left with no healthy tight ends on the active roster with rookie tight end Maxx Williams recovering from a concussion and starter Crockett Gillmore leaving Sunday’s loss to Miami with a back injury.
Head coach John Harbaugh expressed optimism that Williams and Gillmore could play in Week 14, but the additions of Reuland and Gordon suggest the status of each incumbent being questionable at best.
Reuland has spent much of the season on Baltimore’s practice squad after being with the team during the preseason. The 28-year-old Stanford product collected 12 receptions for 90 yards in two seasons with the New York Jets and has also spent time with the San Francisco and Indianapolis organizations in his career.
“He has been practicing with us pretty much all year,” said Harbaugh about Reuland on Monday. “He knows what we are doing, and he can play the position”
Gordon, 28, has four career receptions and one touchdown in his NFL career that’s been spent with Oakland, Pittsburgh, Tennessee, Kansas City, and Denver. The 2011 sixth-round pick out of the University of Miami is regarded as more of a blocking tight end and was recently cut by the Broncos.
The Ravens also added tight end Harold Spears to their practice squad on Tuesday. He was recently with the Seattle Seahawks, who will visit M&T Bank Stadium on Sunday afternoon.