Is Mark Andrews playing in the Divisional Round?

Could we see what most would call a surprising return on Saturday?
Baltimore Ravens, Mark Andrews
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Back on November 16, Baltimore Ravens tight end Mark Andrews suffered what looked like a brutal ankle injury. It didn't take long for Andrews to end up on injured reserve, thus ending his season.

Andrews underwent surgery, and all signs pointed to a return for the 2024 regular season.

What many didn't see coming?

A possible return in these very playoffs.

And that, folks, is exactly what we are about to witness.

Will Mark Andrews suit up against the Houston Texans in the AFC Divisional Round?

After practice on Wednesday, head coach John Harbaugh was asked whether or not his starting tight end will play this weekend:

"We'll just have to see how it goes," Harbaugh said.

The head coach did say that today was his "best showing" yet, and the injury report showed Andrews as a full participant.

If Andrews fully participated in practice, one would assume that he should be given the green light for Saturday afternoon against the Texans.

"He really took a big step. Just what you saw today, we saw as well, so that's encouraging," Harbaugh went on to say.

While Harbaugh doesn't have to give out a 'yes' or 'no' to this question, at this point, we can be led to believe we're going to see no. 89 out on the field for the Ravens, and that's good news. Since joining Baltimore, Andrews has been Lamar Jackson's clear, go-to guy, and not just in the red zone.

Andrews has worked his way into the conversation of being the league's best tight end, especially after a somewhat disappointing season from Travis Kelce, compared to what we're used to seeing out of the Kansas City Chief.

Should Andrews indeed suit up against Houston on Saturday, that would be a gigantic blow to Houston's chances. The Texans were one of the worst teams at defending the tight end all of last regular season, giving up the second-most receptions to the position at 103, along with 985 receiving yards.