When the NFL reviews whether to eliminate the hip tackle next offseason, video of Baltimore Ravens tight end Mark Andrews’ injury will likely be shown.
Andrews was injured in the first quarter on Thursday after a tackle by Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Logan Wilson. This same type of tackle caused a high ankle sprain to Patrick Mahomes in the postseason last year, leading to ongoing debate about whether or not he should be banned.
After the game, which the Ravens won 34-20. said head coach John Harbaugh The injury was serious and “looks like a season-ending injury.”
Near the end of the Ravens’ opening drive, Andrews was tackled near the goal line and then was writhing on the ground in pain. He was disqualified before the end of the first quarter.
The hip drop tackle, in which a defender uses his weight to pull an opponent down, often pinning the ball carrier’s legs underneath him, could be banned by the league’s competition committee due to the danger and recent injuries that have resulted from it.
Andrews limped to the locker room, and the Amazon Prime Video stream said he was on crutches. Andrews is the key player in the passing game for the Ravens, and is a three-time Pro Bowler. He had 521 yards and six touchdowns in Thursday’s game. It’s a huge blow to lose him for the rest of the season.
That won’t be much consolation to Andrews, but by next season we may no longer see this type of tackle allowed anymore.
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