When will Mark Andrews return? MRI results revealed

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Baltimore Ravens tight end Mark Andrews is facing a significant setback after sustaining a cracked fibula and an ankle ligament injury during Thursday's 34–20 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals.

The news was reported by multiple outlets, including NFL Media, and later confirmed by the franchise on Friday. The injury is expected to keep Andrews out for an extended period and it's considered a season-ending injury.

Similar to Cowboys running back Tony Pollard's injury last season, which prompted discussions about banning the hip-drop tackling technique (the NFL will discuss the ban next offseason, for what's worth), Andrews fell victim to the maneuver pulled off by Bengals linebacker Logan Wilson.

According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, the Ravens are set to consult with Dr. Robert Anderson in Charlotte next week for further evaluation and to get a better rehab timeline.

Cowboys' Pollard, who suffered a comparable injury, successfully returned at the beginning of the 2023 season after undergoing surgery in late January and going through a months-long rehab process.

Andrews left the game during the opening drive with what was initially described as an ankle injury, ruling him out for the remainder of Thursday's contest.

Rookie Isaiah Likely, a fourth-round pick in 2022, is expected to take on a more prominent role in Andrews' absence, although it will take the full house to make up for such a massive loss.

Ravens head coach John Harbaugh acknowledged the challenge of replacing Andrews, saying, "It’s going to take everybody...those receivers are obviously going to be a big part of that."

The impact of Wilson's presence on the field on TNF extended well beyond Andrews, as the Bengals linebacker was a reckless offender on the turf.

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On top of finishing Andrews' season just a few minutes after the start of the game, he injured quarterback Lamar Jackson (visibly hobbling after Wilson landed on his ankle in the first quarter) and wideout Odell Beckham Jr. (enduring shoulder pain from a nonsensical hit by Wilson in the fourth quarter with the game already decided).

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