The footage of tight end Mark Andrews’ injury for the Baltimore Ravens is probably going to be aired when the NFL decides whether to outlaw the hip-drop tackle in the next offseason.
Thursday’s injury to Andrews came on a hip-drop tackle by Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Logan Wilson in the first quarter. Patrick Mahomes suffered a severe ankle injury from the similar kind of play during the previous postseason, sparking debate over whether or not it ought to be banned.
Andrews was tackled close to the goal line during the conclusion of the Ravens’ first drive, and he was left writhing in evident agony on the ground. Before the first quarter ended, he was declared out.
Mark Andrews’ injury is the reason the league wants to do away with the “hip-drop” tackle. Although Andrews left the field, things might have turned out far worse.
The hip-drop tackle, which involves a defender using his weight to bring an opponent down and often trapping the ballcarrier’s knees beneath, is so dangerous and has caused injuries recently that the league’s competition committee may decide to outlaw it.
According to the Amazon Prime Video broadcast, Andrews was on crutches as he hobbled to the locker room. Andrews, a three-time Pro Bowler, is the focal point of the Ravens passing attack. Before Thursday’s game, he had five touchdowns and 521 yards.
Seeing Andrews go off the field and into the locker room with a serious injury was a huge blow. We may not see that kind of tackle permitted by the next season.