Ravens injuries: C Patrick Mekari questionable to return with back injury

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The Baltimore Ravens are playing their most dominant football of the season, beating up the New York Giants so far in the first half of Week 16. But early in the second quarter, center Patrick Mekari went to the sideline slowly. He’s since been ruled questionable to return with a back injury, according to the team’s Twitter account.

Skura took Mekari’s place, seeing the offense march down the field but fail to punch it into the end zone and having to settle for a field goal. While the Ravens are still finding success both on the ground and through the air in this game, the offensive line has unquestionably been better with Mekari in the starting center spot.

Mekari has been spotted on the sideline trying to stretch out the injury, so there’s still some hope he’ll be able to return. But with Baltimore already up 17-0 with less than five minutes left in the first half, it might be wiser for the Ravens to sit Mekari and get him healthy for next week and potentially the playoffs.