However, it may have come at a high cost. Tight end Mark Andrews left the game with 11 minutes left in the first quarter with an apparent ankle injury.
Head coach John Harbaugh in his post-game press conference stated that Andrews most likely suffered a season-ending injury.
It was during the Ravens’ first drive of the game, and they were in the process of marching down the field when on first down Andrews took a Lamar Jackson pass down to the 4-yard line. He was tackled awkwardly when linebacker Logan Wilson appeared to “hip-drop” tackle him.
Players on both sides of the ball immediately began waving for the medical team to come assist as Andrews appeared to be in immense pain. Andrews was eventually able to limp off the field under his own power but headed right to the locker room.
Hartung also reported that Andrews was unable to put any weight on the ankle and was using crutches.
Andrews was initially listed as questionable, but that was quickly changed to out for the remainder of the game.
Jackson was equally upset about the injury to Andrews saying, “That’s my boy-We like bread and butter, peanut butter and jelly. Whatever you want to call it-Sometimes he’s receiver 1.”
Potential Players the Ravens May Need to Count On
It is almost impossible to replace a player of Andrews’ caliber, but the Ravens will need to do so for the rest of the season.
The Ravens will turn to fourth-round pick Isaiah Likely to try and replicate what Andrews brought to this team. During the broadcast announcer Chris Collinsworth stated, “He is going to see a lot more.”
Likely was drafted by the Ravens in the 2022 draft and has received high praise from the team in his short time with them.
As a rookie, Likely had a decent year as a backup tight end putting up 36 catches, 373 yards and 3 touchdowns.
Andrews missed two games last season where Likely filled in as the starter. In those two games, he compiled 9 catches for 127 yards and 2 touchdowns.
Likely is 6-foot-4 and 241 pounds, he can run fast, can block with the best of them and has good hands. While he may not be Andrews, he can provide some value. The Ravens have fellow 2022 NFL draft pick Charlie Kolar, but he only has 4 catches for 49 yards in his career.
It won’t just be his on-the-field contributions that the Ravens will miss but the leadership he brings. Harbaugh said, “everyone else will have to step up…he will be missed as a leader.”
Ravens’ Injuries Beginning to Pile Up
Besides Andrews, according to Kaylee Hartung in a sideline report, Beckham headed to the medical tent at the end of the fourth quarter, with what appeared to be a shoulder injury.
Luckily, Harbaugh did say, “It shouldn’t be too bad.”
Heading into Week 12, Humphrey and Stanley appear to have no timetable for a return. Neither player was able to practice during the week. Both are key pieces to a team that sees themselves as a Super Bowl contender.
The Ravens luckily have 10 days between their Week 11 game and their Week 12 matchup with the Los Angeles Chargers.
Following that matchup, they have their bye week in Week 13, which could not be coming at a much better time.