Baltimore Ravens mascot Poe Dec 12, 2019; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Ravens mascot Poe stands on the field before the game against the New York Jets at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Injuries are unfortunately a part of football, but the Baltimore Ravens took things to a new level when their mascot was injured during a recent preseason game. Now, we know what the prognosis will be for Poe the Raven.

During halftime of last week’s preseason matchup against the Washington Commanders, Poe was participating in a youth football game when he was tackled and came up holding his knee. Medical professionals arrived and carted the giant bird-man off the field.

The NFL world had a field day with the incident. Now, the Ravens themselves appear to be keeping the bit going. On Thursday, head coach John Harbaugh made a special announcement about the unfortunate injury situation for Poe.

“Poe is gonna be put on injured reserve for the rest of the season,” said Harbaugh in the staged interview video. “Unfortunately he sustained a serious injury to his drumstick and he will not be able to perform for the rest of the season. We will find a replacement. We’re gonna go to work on that right away.”

You never want to hear about a drumstick injury but unfortunately, here we are.

ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter even got in on the action to make an official report on Poe.

Naturally, the NFL world had to chime in with their thoughts on the most fun injury announcement of the 2022 NFL season, with many of them breaking out whatever bit of an Edgar Allen Poe poem they remember from middle school.


About Sean Keeley

Along with writing for Awful Announcing and The Comeback, Sean is the Editorial Strategy Director for Comeback Media. Previously, he created the Syracuse blog Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician and wrote 'How To Grow An Orange: The Right Way to Brainwash Your Child Into Rooting for Syracuse.' He has also written non-Syracuse-related things for SB Nation, Curbed, and other outlets. He currently lives in Seattle where he is complaining about bagels. Send tips/comments/complaints to