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Ravens TE Mark Andrews returns to practice nearly 2 months after serious ankle injury

Ravens tight end Mark Andrews is back.

Nearly two months after undergoing what was thought to be season-ending ankle surgery, the three-time Pro Bowl selection and 2021 All-Pro was designated to return and hit the practice field Friday in Owings Mills.

Andrews, 28, has been out since suffering the injury during Baltimore’s 34-20 victory over the Bengals on Nov. 16 on a controversial hip-drop tackle by Cincinnati linebacker Logan Wilson.

After that game, coach John Harbaugh said that the injury was “very serious” and would likely end Andrews’ season, adding that it was a “form of a high ankle” injury but “more than just a sprain.”

But in recent weeks, Harbaugh has been more optimistic about the possibility of Andrews returning, saying he wouldn’t rule it out for the playoffs.

On Friday, Andrews caught passes during special teams drills, worked with the other tight ends during positional drills and participated in individual work. The Ravens have 21 days to add him to the active roster or he would revert to injured reserve.

The potential return of Andrews for the divisional round, which begins for the Ravens (13-4) on either Jan. 20 or 21 after they earned a first-round bye, would be significant. At the time of the injury, his 61 targets, 45 receptions and 544 yards ranked second on the team behind only wideout Zay Flowers, while his six touchdown catches were more than the rest of the Ravens combined (five).

Andrews, who has long been a security blanket for Ravens quarterback and presumptive NFL Most Valuable Player Award winner Lamar Jackson, led the team in catches and receiving yards in each of the previous four seasons after being drafted alongside Jackson in 2018.

In his absence, second-year tight end Isaiah Likely has blossomed, with 30 catches for 411 yards and five touchdowns, all coming in the team’s final five regular-season games. That included two in Baltimore’s 56-19 blowout of the Miami Dolphins on Dec. 31 that clinched the top seed in the AFC.

It would also come at a good time with Flowers dealing with a calf injury. He hasn’t practiced the past two weeks, though he indicated he could be back next week ahead of the Ravens’ divisional round game at M&T Bank Stadium.

Others who were also not practicing Friday included wide receiver Tylan Wallace, left tackle Ronnie Stanley, outside linebacker Odafe Oweh (ankle), cornerback Marlon Humphrey (calf), outside linebacker Malik Harrison (groin) and linebacker Del’Shawn Phillips (shoulder). Humphrey and Harrison were running on other field, however. An injury report will not be released until next week.

Harbaugh is scheduled to speak to reporters Friday afternoon.

This story will be updated.