Baltimore Ravens: Michael Campanaro Injury, OTA Day One News


Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Michael Campanaro (6) suffered a quadriceps injury during day one of OTAs on May 27. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

The Baltimore Ravens started organized team activities or OTAs on Wednesday May 27. The storylines have already started after day one.

Wide receiver Michael Campanaro is in the battle for the third-string receiver spot. He also has the ability to be a returner, where he was hoping to make his case to be on the roster.

With the loss of Jacoby Jones, he is one of the options to return kickoffs and punts. However, injuries are always an issue with the start of OTAs.

Campanaro suffered a quadriceps injury during practice, which may take away his advantage for now. Ravens’ insider Aaron Wilson reported that the severity of his injury is not known at this time.

He could lose valuable time if he is out for the majority of the OTAs to show himself better than the other wide receivers. According to, “A complete tear of the quadriceps tendon is a disabling injury. It usually requires surgery to regain full knee function.”

If his injury requires surgery, his chances for the third-string spot behind Steve Smith Sr. and Breshad Perriman could be in jeopardy. He will receive an MRI to determine if he suffered a torn or strained quadriceps.

The best situation is for it to be a strain. Campanaro may miss a majority of OTAs, but he should be ready in time for mandatory minicamp in mid-June. His recover time could be even quicker if it is only a mild strain.

Nonetheless, the occurrence of this injury already puts him behind wide receivers Marlon Brown and Kamar Aiken. With the injury being identified as a quadriceps problem, the possibility he returns to OTAs this week is unlikely. Wilson did report he was able to walk off the field after suffering the injury.

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He missed the majority of his first season battling with hamstring injuries, so this challenge is nothing new to him. As he plays for a position on the team, his injury history could play a deciding role when it comes to start cutting players.

As the new players begin work with the veterans, the coaches can begin to see who isn’t ready to be on the team. After day one, the Ravens have cut linebacker Trey DePriest and re-signed linebacker Andrew Bose.

The undrafted linebacker was released earlier after the team signed cornerback Kyle Arrington to solidify the secondary. The move had to be made to maintain the roster at the NFL’s 90-man limit.

Clearly, Bose showed the Ravens something they liked, which is why they kept him on a short lease in case they were able to re-sign him. DePriest did not give any reason to keep him after his first full-speed appearance today.

As the rookies begin to experience the intense NFL workouts, the coaches may decide some are not ready for the next step and could be released. As the OTAs continue, many of these moves are going to be made. The little guys like Bose and DePriest have to be giving it their all every day to show they belong in Baltimore.

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