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After making a 4-yard catch, Boyle took a direct hit on his left leg, causing it to bend inward. Patriots linebacker Terez Hall‘s right shoulder went right into the side of Boyle’s knee, and both Ravens and Patriots players immediately signaled for trainers to come out onto the field.
The entire Ravens team surrounded Boyle before he was carted off the field.
“Nick is our brother,” Baltimore quarterback Lamar Jackson said. “We were hoping he would just be out for the game at least. But [we’re] just finding out he’s out for the season. I don’t even know what to say. [I’m] ticked off.”
Boyle is considered one of the top blocking tight ends in the NFL. He entered Sunday’s game as Baltimore’s sixth-leading receiver.
“It’s hard to really quantify what Nick does for us as an offense and as a team,” said Ravens tight end Mark Andrews, who is a close friend of Boyle’s. “He’s a person that people gravitate towards.