OWINGS MILLS — Ravens tight end Mark Andrews returned to practice on Friday and potentially put himself in position to play in the AFC divisional round next weekend.
Andrews injured his left ankle against Cincinnati on November 16th and has not played or practiced since that game. Andrews was hurt on the Ravens’ first offensive series on a controversial hip-drop tackle by Bengals linebacker Logan Wilson.
Andrews has been designated to return from injured reserve, opening his 21-day window to be moved to the 53-man roster.
Coach John Harbaugh said the injury was healing faster than expected and there was a chance Andrews could return for the postseason.
“Mark is so darn tough. You say a guy eats, sleeps, and breathes football. That’s Mark Andrews, so he’s going to do everything he can to get back down the road,” Harbaugh said last month.
Despite missing six games, Andrews still ranked second on the team with 45 receptions for 544 yards and six touchdowns, best among the receivers.
Second-year tight end Isaiah Likely has played well in Andews’ absence, and the Ravens could expand their playbook with both players in the lineup. Likely has 21 receptions for 322 yards and five touchdowns in six games.
However, several other players were not at practice on Friday, including wide receivers Zay Flowers (calf) and Tylan Wallace; left tackle Ronnie Stanley; outside linebackers Odafe Oweh (ankle), Malik Harrison (groin) and Del’Shawn Phillips (shoulder); and cornerback Marlon Humphrey (calf).
Harrison and Humphrey performed running drills on an adjacent field.
More Ravens honors
Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson, inside linebacker Roquan Smith and safety Kyle Hamilton were named first-team All-Pro by the Associated Press.
Jackson received 45 of the 50 first-place votes. San Francisco’s Brock Purdy and Dallas’ Dax Prescott got two votes each and Buffalo’s Josh Allen got one vote. The quarterback named First Team All-Pro also won the NFL MVP in each of the past 10 seasons, according to ESPN Stats.
Defensive tackle Justin Madubuike, linebacker Patrick Queen and fullback Patrick Ricard were named second-team All-Pro for the first time in their careers.