The Baltimore Ravens went into Thursday night’s game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with a trio of offensive starters listed as questionable in tight end Mark Andrews, wide receiver Rashod Bateman, and running back Gus Edwards.
All three were active for the game, but none of them finished it healthy.
Andrews left in the second quarter with a shoulder injury unrelated to the knee injury he was dealing with prior to the game. Bateman was used sparingly before being ruled out after re-aggravating his foot injury. Edwards left early with a hamstring injury in the second half.
Head coach John Harbaugh provided updates on the statuses of all three players after the game, and fortunately, it seems as though the Ravens dodged a bullet.
Ravens HC John Harbaugh provided good news about the Mark Andrews and Rashod Bateman injuries
Harbaugh indicated that the injuries to Andrews and Bateman were “not serious” and implied that they wouldn’t be forced to miss any additional time, especially with a 10-day gap until the team’s next game.
As for Edwards, Harbaugh said his hamstring injury “doesn’t look too bad,” but that they’d know more by tomorrow. All in all, three positive updates about three very important players.
With Andrews, Bateman, and Edwards sidelined, the Ravens offense was forced to employ a next-man-up approach. The likes of Isaiah Likely, Demarcus Robinson, and Kenyan Drake all did their part to keep Baltimore’s offense afloat while their stars were down and out.
Likely finished with a team-leading six catches for 77 yards and a touchdown. Robinson hauled in six catches of his own for 64 yards despite entering the game with nine catches on the year. Drake rushed for 62 yards on an excellent 8.9 yards per carry and also added a receiving score.
The Ravens missed Andrews, Bateman, and Edwards, and their offensive success wouldn’t be sustainable without them, but it was nice to see other skill position players step up this week.
The Ravens were bit by the injury bug in a big way on Thursday night, but their plague of injuries hopefully won’t extend past their Week 8 game. Andrews, Bateman, and Edwards should be alright moving forward.