Ravens Injury Report: TE Mark Andrews, CB Marlon Humphrey expected to play in AFC Championship Game vs Chiefs

The Baltimore Ravens, coming off a divisional round win against the Houston Texans, are on the verge of making their first AFC Championship Game appearance since the memorable 2012 season. Led by quarterback Lamar Jackson, the team is determined to clinch a spot in the coveted Super Bowl, a goal that slipped through their grasp in the 2019–20 playoffs.

As they gear up for the upcoming NFL Conference Championship against the formidable Kansas City Chiefs, the Ravens have received a significant energy boost with positive updates on two key players.

Injury update on Ravens TE Mark Andrews

The Ravens are set to receive a significant boost for their AFC championship clash against the Kansas City Chiefs, as star tight end Mark Andrews is poised to make his return to the lineup. This positive development was confirmed by NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

Quarterback Lamar Jackson, visibly excited about Andrews’ return, referred to him as “bread and butter – big bro,” emphasizing the tight end’s pivotal role in the team’s offensive strategy. Jackson conveyed his admiration for Andrews’ skill set and acknowledged the significant impact he brings to the team.

“That’s my bread and butter – big bro. We’ve got all these guys that stepped up. But with Mark and the caliber of player he is and what he brings to the table for us, it would definitely mean a lot for us,” remarked Jackson.

The Ravens’ seasoned tight end entered the divisional round with uncertainty about his status, opting not to take the field in that game. Nevertheless, he has been actively involved in full practices leading up to the AFC Championship, indicating his preparedness for this crucial matchup.

The injury to Andrews happened in Week 11 when Bengals linebacker Logan Wilson rolled up on Andrews’ ankle during a tackle from behind, resulting in the tight end leaving the game prematurely. The uncertainty surrounding Andrews’ status cast a shadow over the team’s offensive dynamics.

Head Coach John Harbaugh later confirmed the severity of the injury, describing it as a probable season-ending ankle injury. Reports suggested a cracked fibula and damage to the ankle ligaments.

The 2021 All-Pro, who has been struggling with Type-1 diabetic, was the sidelined since suffering the ankle injury that prematurely ended his regular season. The Ravens initiated his comeback process by designating him to return from injured reserve on January 12, activating a three-week window for his potential return.

Prior to the injury, Andrews showcased his prowess with 45 receptions, 544 yards, and six touchdowns.

Marlon Humphery returns to practice

Cornerback Marlon Humphrey returned to practice on Wednesday, marking a significant step in his recovery from a calf injury. However, during Wednesday’s practice session, the Ravens listed Marlon Humphrey as a limited participant.

Ravens coach John Harbaugh shared his optimism about Humphrey’s potential return.  He said, “I promise you, if Marlon can go, he will.  think you’ll see it as the week goes on based on how much he practices. You’ll probably get a pretty good feel for it. I’m very hopeful and we’ll just have to see what happens.”

Marlon Humphrey sustained a calf injury on December 31 against the Miami Dolphins. His absence from last weekend’s divisional playoff game raised concerns about the injury’s potential impact on his availability for crucial matchups.

Apart from this calf injury, Humphrey faced challenges earlier in the season as well when he had to deal with an unnamed foot injury. The injury even necessitated surgery.

As the Ravens prepare for the AFC championship clash with the Chiefs, the injury report brings a sense of encouragement. Both Marlon Humphrey and tight end Mark Andrews are expected to bolster the team’s defensive and offensive units.

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