Ravens activate TE Mark Andrews ahead of AFC title game

The Baltimore Ravens activated tight end Mark Andrews off injured reserve on Friday in time for Sunday’s AFC Championship Game against the visiting Kansas City Chiefs.

Andrews hasn’t played since Nov. 16 when he suffered an ankle injury in a win against the Cincinnati Bengals. At the time, it was believed Andrews wouldn’t play again until the 2024 season.

“I’m definitely internalizing everything. I’m thinking about it. I’m excited,” Andrews said on Friday. “This is what I love to do. I love to play football. I love the Ravens. I love the city. I’m going to give them everything I got.”

Andrews’ availability will give Lamar Jackson and the No. 1 seed Ravens another option, and the quarterback said earlier this week that having his top tight end back would be huge for the offense.

“With Mark and the type of guy he is, the type of caliber player he is, and what he brings to the table for us, it would definitely mean a lot for us,” Jackson said.

Andrews, 28, caught 45 passes for 544 yards in 10 games this season before the injury. He scored six touchdowns.

The Ravens selected Andrews in the third round of the 2018 NFL Draft. A 2021 All-Pro and three-time Pro Bowl selection, Andrews has 381 catches for 4,857 yards and 40 scores in 87 career games (42 starts).