4 Ravens injured in Week 15, including 3 starters: Is Baltimore doomed?

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Are we happy? Of course, we are, because the Ravens will be playing postseason football this season following their 23-7 victory over Jacksonville on SNF and punching their playoff tickets.

Are we really happy, though? No. Not even remotely close, folks. That's because Baltimore will be hosting at least one playoff game next January but for now all we can care about is the fact that the Flock lost three starters to injury and one more performer that might impact the outlook of the team going forward.

Running back Keaton Mitchell is lost with a season-ending injury. Starting safety Marcus Williams and left tackle Ronnie Stanley left the game with a groin injury and a concussion respectively. Jalyn Armour-Davis went down in the final quarter of Sunday's game, too.

I guess the good (and miraculous, at the very least) news is that somehow, some way, the best safety in the NFL made his comeback as Kyle Hamilton played and started on SNF in the Ravens secondary. That, sadly, doesn't come close to compensating for the losses endured this past weekend.

RB Keaton Mitchell, out for the season with a "significant" knee injury

After the game, head coach John Harbaugh confirmed (h/t Josina Anderson) that Mitchell had suffered a season-ending, "significant" knee injury and that he'll miss the rest of the year. That comes after the rookie UDFA had seen his role and touches grow each passing week.

The Ravens are expected to sign Melvin Gordon to the active 53-man roster from their practice squad, where he's spent the full season before and after running out of elevations.

Mitchell has finished his debut season with 396 yards on 47 carries and no touchdowns. He has averaged 8.4 yards per carry, a quite promising figure to keep in mind as the Ravens will lose Gus Edwards and J.K. Dobbins next offseason unless they re-sign one/them once they enter free agency.

S Marcus Williams (groin) and OT Ronnie Stanley (concussion), day-to-day

The other two main injuries that happened on Sunday Night Football impacted both the offensive and the defensive units of the Ravens. Starters Marcus Williams and Ronnie Stanley left the game at different times with a groin injury and concussion symptoms respectively.

Williams suffered his injury approaching the end of the first half when making a tackle on Jaguars WR Parker Washington close to the Ravens' end zone. The tackle kept Jacksonville from stopping the close with the Jaguars running out of time to execute a play and the Ravens entering halftime leading 10-0.

Geno Stone (who else?) stepped in to fill the role vacated by Williams from the third quarter on, trying but failing to bulk up his six-interception tally through Sunday. That said, and while the Ravens defense struggled a bit during the time he was on the field, Stone didn't look that bad and kept building on a strong breakout season.

Stanley didn't suffer any physical injury on Sunday but he still had to leave the field for the nth time this season and throughout his career. No wonder the whispers about his potential release are growing louder each passing week.

The left tackle was seemingly playing on a damaged knee on Sunday, and the concussion sealed the deal for him to get canned from the matchup in the second half.

Patrick Mekari is a solid backup, but that's exactly what he is: a backup. We'll see how things go for the Ravens in Stanley's absence if he misses time, let alone facing the tied-for-best team in the NFL on Christmas Day when the Ravens visit San Francisco to play the 49ers.

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On a final note, Jalyn Armour-Davis left the game in the fourth quarter. At the time of this writing, (6 am ET) his injury is still undisclosed and was not commented on by John Harbaugh, which might be apromising sign or not. He was seen in the sidelines but he "walked off the field under his own power," per Jonas Shaffer.

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