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Latest injury updates for Ravens TE Mark Andrews ahead of Divisional round game vs. Texans

Ravens TE is dealing with an ankle injury going into the Divisional Round. We provide the latest updates and analysis.

Mark Andrews #89 of the Baltimore Ravens runs the ball during an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals at M&T Bank Stadium on November 16, 2023 in Baltimore, Maryland. Photo by Cooper Neill/Getty Images

The Baltimore Ravens have been without star tight end Mark Andrews since Week 11 when he suffered an ankle injury early against the Cincinnati Bengals. Andrews was initially ruled out for the remainder of the season, but with the Ravens having a good season, there was speculation that he could return. He remains on injured reserve, but Baltimore opened his practice window last week, leaving the door open for his activation.

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Mark Andrews injury updates

Friday AM update: Nothing official yet, but Andrews is not expected to be activated from IR to play against the Texans on Saturday.

Thursday update: Head coach John Harbaugh tells reporters that Andrew’s status for their game against the Texans is “still up in the air,” per Jamison Hensley.

Wednesday update: Andrews was a full practice participant on Wednesday. Early expectations are that the star tight end will return for Saturday’s game.

Tuesday update: Andrews was able to log a limited practice to begin the week. This bodes well for his getting activated from injured reserve, but nothing is official yet and likely won’t be decided upon until later in the week.

Fantasy/Betting analysis

With Andrews back in the mix, this means Isaiah Likely could have a decreased role in the offense. You’d think with Andrews coming off a more serious injury that Baltimore might split snaps between the two tight ends. Likely is more than capable as a receiver, racking up 322 receiving yards on 21 catches after Andrews went down before Week 12. The Ravens also went 5-1 without Andrews. That isn’t to say the Ravens don’t need him but Baltimore will still be a very dynamic offense either way. Expect Likely to go from around 60-75% of the snaps to around 40-50% of the snaps if Andrews is active and 100%.

Likely is an interesting fantasy option in DFS and Best Ball. He should see fewer lineups and exposure with Andrews slated to return. But as was mentioned, expect Likely to still see a good amount of snaps. Likely is a threat to score; he had five TDs in those six games with Andrews sidelined. The Ravens are also a heavy favorite on the spread at -9 on DraftKings Sportsbook. If the game gets out of hand and Baltimore pulls away, Andrews would see fewer plays you’d think coming off injury. It feels like a week we stick with Likely and see how Andrews’ return goes.