The Baltimore Ravens are back on track towards the playoffs after a convincing win in the Thursday Night Game against the Cincinnati Bengals. However, the Ravens paid dearly for the win against their division rivals. Star tight end Mark Andrews suffered a serious ankle injury and is at risk of missing the remainder of the season.
Ravens coach John Harbaugh confirmed this to members of the press after the 34:20 win over the Bengals: “Mark Andrews has a serious ankle injury,” said the head coach. “It looks like it’s the end of the season. So our prayers are with Mark because there’s no one who cares more about the team and wants to be there for the other boys than Mark Andrews,” said a sympathetic John Harbaugh.
The tight end was injured during a tackle by Logan Wilson on the first drive of the game and was later spotted in the catacombs with crutches. On the play that led to the injury, he brought his team to the four-yard line and opened the door wide for a touchdown. Little consolation given the implications for the rest of the season.
NFL: Andrews an important part of the Ravens offense
Andrews’ loss is a serious one for the Baltimore Ravens and quarterback Lamar Jackson. The tight end is one of Jackson’s favorite passing stations and has been a core element of the Ravens offense for years.
Andrews is delivering again this year, with 521 yards, just behind rookie Zay Flowers (545) in second place in terms of the team’s receiving yards. In addition, six of the 13 receiving touchdowns were attributed to Andrews; no other player has more than two to his name.