3 key Ravens on track to return against the Bears in Week 11

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1. Nick Boyle, TE, Ravens

No player’s return will be welcomed with as warm of an embrace as that of Nick Boyle.

The fan-favorite tight end has been sidelined for over a year after suffering a gruesome knee injury in November of 2020.

The original hope was that he would be able to return for the start of the season, but evidently, that never materialized. Instead, Boyle was placed on the injured reserve to start the season before being activated on Nov. 8.

But Boyle is yet to play in a game, serving as a healthy scratch this past Thursday night. That should change this week, however.

Boyle was a full participant in Wednesday’s practice and, barring any unexpected setbacks, should be on the field this Sunday when the Ravens travel to Soldier Field to take on the Bears.

The 28-year-old should provide a major boost to a Ravens ground game that has been more miss than hit this season. Yes, the injuries to the team’s running backs and along the offensive line have held back the running game.

But perhaps no injury has been more significant to the team’s lack of rushing success than Boyle’s. The Ravens will certainly be happy to have him back on the gridiron.

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Boyle’s return will be 12 months in the making. The only thing that could have made it more special would’ve been if it happened at M&T Bank Stadium.