Ravens running back Mark Ingram returned to practice Jan. 9 in a limited fashion, and he is officially questionable for the Ravens’ divisional round playoff game Jan. 11 against the Tennessee Titans at M&T Bank Stadium.
Tight end Mark Andrews (ankle) is also listed as questionable after being a limited participant in practice all week, and the availability of Ingram and Andrews — two of the Ravens biggest offensive playmakers all season — will be the biggest health-related story lines for the Ravens (14-2) as they try to advance to the AFC championship game for the first time since their Super Bowl run in 2012.
Head coach John Harbaugh offered no injury updates this week outside the team’s mandated injury report, and asked about Ingram after the team’s practice Jan. 11 he said, “We’ll just have to see how it goes.”
Ingram, who rushed for 1,018 yards and tied a Ravens single-season record with 15 touchdowns (10 rushing, five receiving), is dealing with a calf injury sustained in Week 16 at Cleveland.
He sat out the regular-season finale since the Ravens had already secured the AFC’s No. 1 seed — a first in franchise history — and then reportedly experienced some tightness in his calf during practices last week, prompting him to miss two workouts this week.
Ingram and quarterback Lamar Jackson (1,206 yards) both topped 1,000 yards rushing and were the catalysts for an offense that set an NFL record this year with 3,296 rushing yards.
If Ingram is limited or can’t play, second-year running back Gus Edwards will be in line for a larger role. Edwards finished with 133 carries for 711 yards this year as Ingram’s primary backup. With Ingram sitting out the Week 17 game, Edwards carried 21 times for a career-high 130 yards in the Ravens’ 28-10 win against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Offensive coordinator Greg Roman said the Ravens’ offense doesn’t “have to skip a beat” if Edwards becomes the primary running back against the Titans.
“I think he would love lots of action, like you want him to,” Roman said. “He’ll be ready.”
Like Ingram, Andrews has been hobbled since the Week 16 game at Cleveland, and like Ingram, he sat out the regular-season finale against Pittsburgh. Harbaugh said last week that Andrews probably could have played if need be, but he was limited in practice this week and was moving tentatively in the portion of practice open to the media.
Andrews led the Ravens with 64 catches for 852 yards and 10 touchdowns, a Ravens franchise record for a tight end and the most by any tight end in the NFL this season.
The Titans, meanwhile, will be without Jayon Brown, considered one of the team’s top coverage linebackers. He has a shoulder injury sustained during the Titans 20-13 win at New England last week. The Titans have also ruled out wide receiver Adam Humphries (37 catches, 374 yards), who has missed the past five games.
Here is the full final injury report:
QUESTIONABLE: TE Mark Andrews (ankle), RB Mark Ingram (calf)
OUT: ILB Jayon Brown (shoulder), WR Adam Humphries (ankle)
QUESTIONABLE: WR Cody Hollister (ankle)
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