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Nick Boyle is walking around wearing a boot on his left foot

Could Boyle be the next man on the IR?

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After this week's loss to the Jaguars, it seemed as if the tight ends were the team's only hope. Amid shoddy receiver play, and a lack of a run game, Baltimore's three tight ends combined for 117 yards on 11 catches, and brought it to the house twice. The team was using multiple tight end sets throughout the game, and the trio composed of three top 12 tight ends received some rave reviews for their performance.

"Using the blossoming tight end group as a foundation might be one of the few ways the offense can progress in the second half of this season."

- Jon Meoli

So when the Ravens announced the signing of former Viking TE Chase Ford, it was quite the headscratcher to say the least, as tight end is really the only position where the team is truly stacked.

But the move was actually in response to the health of Nick Boyle, the late-round rookie who has really headlined this trio at times.

The team has remained quiet on Boyle's status, only giving him the 'doubtful' tag for this week's contest. Ravens' beat writer Jeff Zrebiec described that Boyle was wearing "a big walking boot" at the team's facility in Owings Mills, Md.

Injuries that could require the use of a walking boot range in severity from simple sprains to Achilles injuries and bone fractures. Should Boyle end up on the injured reserve, he'd be the sixteenth Ravens to land on the list this season, and would be the ninth starter to receive the designation.