The Baltimore Ravens are coming off a significant Thursday Night Football win over the Cincinnati Bengals.
But not all positives came from that game.
The Ravens suffered what many thought was a season-ending injury to tight end Mark Andrews.
Yet, it appears the injury is not as bad as many thought.
John Harbaugh spoke to the media today and said there is some optimism that Andrews could return at some point this year.
“It wasn’t as bad as initially feared after the game… We’ll know more, we’ll have to see how that goes. There is some optimism.”
Coach Harbaugh on TE Mark Andrews: pic.twitter.com/ODzvBQ5GfC
— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) November 20, 2023
This is great news for the Ravens if they can get their top pass-catcher back.
But, it still seems like a longshot.
At best, the Ravens may be able to get Andrews back for the playoffs.
Andrews is second on the Ravens in receiving yards this year and has been a favorite target of quarterback Lamar Jackson.
The Ravens have played themselves into contention for the number one seed in the AFC.
But, not having Andrews in the lineup will be a major blow.
Now the Ravens will have to turn to some of their younger pass catchers for production.
Both Zay Flowers and Isaiah Likely will have larger roles without Andrews.
The Ravens have always been a run-first offense.
The emergence of rookie runner Keaton Mitchell has added some explosiveness to their run game.
Jackson has played himself into MVP contention with another great statistical season.
But, if he can lead the Ravens to the number one seed Jackson will have a great shot at his second MVP award.