OWINGS MILLS — Ravens tight end Mark Andrews was not activated off injured reserve on Friday, which means he will not play in the divisional playoff game against the Houston Texans on Saturday at 4:30 at M&T Bank Stadium.
The Ravens will rely heavily on second-year tight end Isaiah Likely, who has 21 receptions for 322 yards and five touchdowns in six games as the starter.
Andrews said earlier this week that he would not play if he wasn’t 100 percent. Despite missing six games because of an ankle injury suffered against the Cincinnati Bengals, Andrews still ranked second on the team with 45 receptions for 544 yards and six touchdowns, best among the receivers.
“It’s how I feel at the end of the day,” he said. “Just knowing how good this team is, how good our players are, how good our tight ends are, if I feel like I’m going to be helpful to the team, I’m going to go. If I feel like I’m close but not there, [I’ll] let these guys go and, hopefully, get [there] next weekend.”
In addition, the Ravens activated returner/wide receiver Devin Duvernay and defensive back Ar’Darius Washington off injured reserve.
Duvernay missed the final four regular-season games with a back injury, and Tylan Wallace played effectively in his absence. However, Wallace has landed on the injury report with a knee injury, so Duvernay’s return is timely for the Ravens.
Duvernay, a two-time Pro Bowl returner, ranked 10th in the NFL, averaging 12.6 yards per punt return this season before the injury.
Washington will provide key depth in the secondary, especially with cornerback Marlon Humphrey ruled out with a calf injury. Washington suffered a chest injury in Week 2 that kept him out of the rest of the regular season. He had six tackles and a sack in the season opener against the Texans.
The Ravens also used practice squad elevations on inside linebacker Josh Ross and wide receiver Dan Chisena. Both players are expected to contribute on special teams.