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Ravens designate WR Devin Duvernay to return from IR

Help is on the way for the Baltimore Ravens ahead of their first playoff game as wide receiver Devin Duvernay returned to practice following the team designating his return from injured reserve.

Duvernay was placed on injured reserve on December 13 with a back injury. Duvernay’s role in the offense has diminished in his fourth season under new offensive coordinator Todd Monken, largely in part due to several new wide receiver acquisitions pushing him down the depth chart.

Duvernay’s biggest contribution to the team has been in the return game where has made two Pro Bowls as a return man and was named as a first-team All-Pro in 2021. Third-year wide receiver Tylan Wallace has taken over as the team’s primary punt returner in Duvernay’s absence and has flourished in the role, most notably when he returned a punt for a game-winning touchdown in overtime against the Los Angeles Rams in Week 14.

Whether or not Duvernay will return to both punt and kick return duties or if he is relegated to just kickoffs with Wallace remaining as the team’s punt returner remains to be seen.

While he has not done so this season, Duvernay has shown in the past that he is a capable option at wide receiver, with his best season coming in 2022 as he caught 37 passes for 407 yards and three touchdowns as one of the top options in the passing game for quarterback Lamar Jackson.

Story originally appeared on Ravens Wire