Ravens’ John Harbaugh on Mark Andrews’ play – ‘Still up in the air’
OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh said he has not yet decided whether Mark Andrews will play in Saturday’s divisional round playoff game against the Houston Texans.
Andrews practiced this week for the first time since injuring his left ankle on Nov. 16. He made the jump in practice on Tuesday and was a full participant on Wednesday.
“Mark is still up in the air,” Harbaugh said after Thursday’s practice.
Andrews has been Lamar Jackson’s favorite target ever since they were selected by Baltimore in the 2018 draft. Over the past five seasons, Andrews has been one of the most prolific tight ends in the league, ranking in the top three with 347 receptions (2nd among tight ends), 4,305 receiving yards (3rd) and 37 TDs (2nd).
The Ravens initially believed Andrews had suffered a season-ending injury but then gave him an “outside chance” of returning to the playoffs. To speed up his recovery, Andrews brought a hyperbaric oxygen chamber to his home to use.
When asked what was the deciding factor on whether he would play on Saturday, Andrews said: “That’s how I feel at the end of the day. Just knowing how good this team is, how good our players are, how good our tight ends are. “If I feel like I’m going to be useful to the team, I’ll go. . “If I feel like I’m close but it’s not there, ‘I’ll let these guys go and hope they get there.'” Next weekend.
The Ravens filled Andrews’ void in the passing game. In six games without Andrews, Isaiah has probably caught 21 passes for 322 yards and five touchdowns.
Although it is possible that Andrews will return on Saturday, the Ravens will likely be without cornerback Marlon Humphrey. He did not train all week due to a calf injury.
“It’s a little dicey right now,” Harbaugh said of Humphrey. “I don’t know if he’ll make it. He might be the one I’m less optimistic about.”
Ronald Darby, who began his NFL career in ’95, is expected to replace Humphrey.