Ravens’ Mark Andrews Returns to Practice, Possible Comeback for Divisional-Round Playoff Game

Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Ravens tight end Mark Andrews has made a remarkable recovery from a fractured fibula and ligament damage sustained in November. After less than nine weeks, Andrews returned to full practice on Wednesday, reigniting hopes that he may be able to play in the upcoming divisional-round playoff game against the Houston Texans on Saturday.

Addressing the media for the first time since his injury, Andrews emphasized that his decision to play ultimately depends on how he feels. He acknowledged the strength of the team and his fellow tight ends, stating that if he believes he can contribute and be helpful, he will take the field. However, he is also willing to let his teammates take the lead if he feels he is not fully ready.

When Andrews initially got injured, Ravens coach John Harbaugh had hinted at the possibility of his return if the team made a deep playoff run. The tight end had surgery on November 21 and started practicing on a limited basis last Friday. He gradually increased his participation, leading to his full involvement in Wednesday’s practice session.

In his recovery process, Andrews left no stone unturned, implementing various methods to expedite healing. This included utilizing a hyperbaric chamber borrowed from his girlfriend’s family. Andrews expressed appreciation for the plan that was put in place for his recovery, emphasizing the progress made week by week.

While sidelined, Isaiah Likely, a second-year tight end, stepped up admirably to fill Andrews’ shoes. In six games, Likely caught 21 passes for 322 yards and recorded five touchdowns. The Ravens found success in Andrews’ absence, winning five out of six games.

Prior to his injury, Andrews had proven himself as one of the NFL’s most productive tight ends when healthy. He had amassed 45 catches for 544 yards and six touchdowns. In addition, two seasons ago, he was named a first-team All-Pro after an exceptional performance of 107 catches for 1,361 yards.

As the Ravens prepare for their playoff game against the Texans, Andrews’ potential return provides a significant boost to the team. The tight end’s resilience and determination to recover quickly have not gone unnoticed, and his presence on the field would certainly be a factor to be reckoned with.