The Baltimore Ravens beat the Cincinnati Bengals 34-20 on Thursday Night Football to move to 8-3 on the season.
But the Ravens left their primetime matchup having suffered a significant loss, with star tight end Mark Andrews expected to miss the remainder of the 2023 season due to an ankle injury.
A first-team All-Pro selection in 2021, Andrews suffered the injury after being tackled by Bengals linebacker Logan Wilson in the first quarter of Thursday’s game. After the game, Baltimore head coach John Harbaugh told reporters that the Oklahoma product’s injury was significant and that he would likely miss the remainder of the 2023 campaign.
On Friday, that prognosis was confirmed, with Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reporting that an MRI had revealed Andrews had suffered a cracked fibula and an ankle ligament injury. Rapoport added that the Ravens will consult with Dr. Robert Anderson in Charlotte next week for more information.
#Ravens Pro Bowl TE Mark Andrews has suffered a cracked fibula and an ankle ligament injury, sources said after the MRI. It’s still believed to be a long-term injury, as the team said. Baltimore will consult with Dr. Robert Anderson in Charlotte next week for more info. pic.twitter.com/A2fTO8zobg
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 17, 2023
Through Baltimore’s first 11 games, the three-time Pro Bowl tight end ranked second on the Ravens roster in catches (45) and receiving yards (544), while also catching a team-high six touchdowns. Without Andrews in the lineup, Baltimore is expected to give an increased role to second-year tight end Isaiah Likely, who has caught nine passes for 89 yards this season.
Following the news of Andrews’ official diagnosis, many took to social media to weigh in.
Dang man. Just hoping for a speedy, full recovery. https://t.co/NTea7vNtat
— RAMEY (@HoodieRamey) November 17, 2023
— Obj for 6 🏂🗽🏌️♂️ (14-3) (@Gamergod29) November 17, 2023
Injuries in the AFC North are crazy right now. Always liked Andrews. Except when he played the Steelers haha. The dude doesn’t get as much appreciation as he should. https://t.co/H2a7zU6vyn
— Brandon (@Booner0888) November 17, 2023
Man these Thursday night games are ROUGH
Glad the Bears don't play anymore this season https://t.co/SAgAfaP8PD
— Swift Sports Network (@SwiftyNetwork) November 17, 2023
So last night’s game really was a blood bath huh? Fire TNF into the sun https://t.co/0ZqODQ6Wuk
— BenchwarmerBran (@BenchwarmerBran) November 17, 2023
Wilson needs to get suspended for that hit. Hope Andrews recovers quickly https://t.co/ANb89H9WAY
— Kevin Massare (@KevinMassare) November 17, 2023
Football better when mark playing https://t.co/OEhTjV73jp
— Joke 🗡️ (@oJ0KER) November 17, 2023
— Billey (@Cbills5233) November 17, 2023