The Baltimore Ravens’ tight end, Mark Andrews, is expected to conclude his season following a significant ankle injury, as communicated by head coach John Harbaugh after the team’s triumph over the Cincinnati Bengals with a score of 34-20 on Thursday. Harbaugh characterized Andrews’ ankle injury as “serious” and indicated it appears to be a season-ending setback.
To assess the full extent of the injury, Andrews is scheduled to undergo an MRI on Friday, according to NFL Network Insider Mike Garafolo’s report. Reacting to the news, quarterback Lamar Jackson expressed the team’s reliance on Andrews, describing their connection as “bread and butter” or “peanut butter and jelly.” Jackson acknowledged the challenge of moving forward without Andrews, emphasizing his significance as a key contributor to the team.
Andrews sustained the left ankle injury during the first quarter, subjected to a hip-drop tackle by Logan Wilson after a 9-yard reception that concluded on the Cincinnati 4-yard line. Despite initially walking off the field, Andrews went through a medical assessment in the tent and subsequently proceeded to the locker room. He underwent X-rays, and the team officially declared he would not return.
During the opening drive, Andrews contributed two catches for 23 yards. Shortly after his second catch and subsequent injury, Ravens running back Gus Edwards scored, granting the team an early lead. Andrews has played a crucial role as one of Jackson’s primary targets in the 2023 season, amassing 45 receptions for 544 yards and six touchdowns. His likely absence poses a considerable challenge for the Ravens as they navigate the final stretch of the season, maintaining their lead in the AFC North with an 8-3 record.