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Ravens TE Mark Andrews likely out for season

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n a gut-wrenching turn of events for the Baltimore Ravens, their star tight end, Mark Andrews, is facing a season-ending setback due to a “very serious” ankle injury. Coach John Harbaugh delivered the grim news in the aftermath of the Ravens’ triumphant 34-20 clash against the Cincinnati Bengals.

The unfortunate incident unfolded during the first quarter when Andrews, amidst an impressive performance, secured a pass from the electrifying Lamar Jackson. However, the thrill of the play swiftly turned to agony as Andrews was tackled, causing his ankle to twist uncomfortably upon hitting the turf.

A resilient Andrews managed to limp off the field under his own power, a testament to his toughness. However, the severity of the injury became apparent as he made his way to the locker room, assisted by crutches. The Amazon Prime broadcast even caught glimpses of him heading into the X-ray room, painting a bleak picture for the Ravens’ tight end.

The three-time Pro Bowler had already contributed two catches for 23 yards before fate dealt its cruel blow, abruptly ending his involvement in the contest. Andrews, at 28 years old, had been a key offensive weapon for the Ravens throughout the season, amassing 43 receptions for 521 yards and six touchdowns. His absence will undoubtedly leave a significant void in the team’s passing game.

Prior to the injury, Andrews stood as the second-highest contributor in receptions and yards on the team, trailing only rookie sensation Zay Flowers. Remarkably, he held the top spot in receiving touchdowns, further underscoring his impact on the Ravens’ offensive success.

As if the blow of losing Andrews wasn’t enough, the Ravens also received news that wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. suffered a shoulder injury during the same victorious outing. However, there is a glimmer of hope as Coach Harbaugh conveyed that the team believes Beckham’s injury isn’t overly severe, according to insights from The Athletic’s Jeff Zrebiec.

The Ravens now face the daunting task of regrouping and adjusting their game plan in the absence of Andrews, a player who has been instrumental in their offensive dynamics. The resilience of the team will undoubtedly be put to the test as they navigate the challenges that lie ahead in the wake of these significant setbacks.

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