Oct 9, 2022; Baltimore, Maryland, USA;  Baltimore Ravens tight end Mark Andrews (89) before the game against the Cincinnati Bengals at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Ravens TE Mark Andrews ruled out for Monday vs. Saints

The Baltimore Ravens downgraded tight end Mark Andrews from doubtful to out for Monday night’s game against the host New Orleans Saints.

Andrews is dealing with injuries to both his knee and his shoulder.

The 2021 All-Pro selection and two-time Pro Bowler has not missed a game since 2020. In eight games (all starts) this season, he has hauled in 42 receptions for 488 yards and five touchdowns — all team highs.

Baltimore (5-3) is coping with several other injuries, primarily on offense. Wide receiver Rashod Bateman (foot) is out for the year. Running back Gus Edwards (hamstring) is doubtful. Receiver Demarcus Robinson (groin), cornerback Marcus Peters (quad, knee) and linebacker Malik Harison (foot) are among those questionable.

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Oct 16, 2022; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; Baltimore Ravens running back J.K. Dobbins (27) is tackled by New York Giants linebacker Jihad Ward (55) during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Ravens RB J.K. Dobbins to have knee surgery

Baltimore Ravens running back J.K. Dobbins is expected to undergo arthroscopic knee surgery and be sidelined for four to six weeks, ESPN reported on Friday.

The report surfaced shortly after the Ravens (3-3) officially ruled out Dobbins for Sunday’s game against the visiting Cleveland Browns (2-4).

Dobbins started the team’s last four games following his return from an ACL injury sustained last year. He was limited to just 16 snaps in Baltimore’s 24-20 loss to the New York Giants last Sunday.

Running back Kenyan Drake likely will be in for a larger workload in place of Dobbins, who has 35 carries for 123 yards and one touchdown this season.

Dobbins, 23, has rushed 169 times for 928 yards and 10 touchdowns in 19 career games since being selected by the Ravens in the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft.

Tight end Mark Andrews (knee) is listed as questionable to play against the Browns after being a limited participant in Friday’s practice. He sat out both sessions on Wednesday and Thursday.

Wide receiver Rashod Bateman (foot), cornerback Marcus Peters (quad), guard Ben Cleveland (foot), outside linebacker Justin Houston (groin), offensive tackle Morgan Moses (heel) and fullback Patrick Ricard (knee) also are listed as questionable for Sunday’s game.

Cleveland, in turn, ruled out Pro Bowl right guard Wyatt Teller (calf), two-time Pro Bowl cornerback Denzel Ward (concussion) and offensive tackle Joe Haeg (concussion) for Sunday’s contest.

Fourth-year veteran Hjalte Froholdt is expected to replace Teller and make his first career start.

“I think he’s gotten better from a technical standpoint,” head coach Kevin Stefanski said of Froholdt. “That’s just from him putting in the work. He’s playing next to (center) Ethan Pocic, a guy who also got here in the spring, but has gotten better and has worked hard at it. Part of it is understanding schematically, but also continuing to work on your craft and getting better in your technique.”

Defensive end Jadeveon Clowney (ankle, knee, elbow) and Isaac Rochell (undisclosed) were listed as questionable for Sunday’s game.

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Baltimore Ravens tight end Mark Andrews (89) is pushed out of bounds by Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Akeem Davis-Gaither (59) in the third quarter during a Week 17 NFL football game, Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021, at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati. The Baltimore Ravens won, 38-3. The Cincinnati Bengals finished with 2020 season 4-11-1.

Baltimore Ravens At Cincinnati Bengals Week 17 Jan 3

Ravens TE Mark Andrews agrees to four-year extension

Baltimore Ravens tight end Mark Andrews agreed to a four-year contract extension, the team announced Monday night.

According to multiple reports, Andrews’ extension is worth $56 million. Spotrac.com reported Andrews would receive $37.6 million in guaranteed money.

The deal averages $14 million and will rate as the third highest for a tight end behind George Kittle ($15 million average) of the San Francisco 49ers and Travis Kelce ($14.3 million average) of the Kansas City Chiefs.

Andrews was slated to become a free agent following this season. He is in the final season of a four-year, $3.45 million deal signed after a being a third-round draft pick in 2018.

The deal was announced on Andrews’ 26th birthday.

“Mark is exactly the type of player we wish to keep as a Raven long-term,” Baltimore general manager Eric DeCosta said in a statement. “He’s competitive, passionate, talented and a leader. We are so excited to have him in Baltimore for the next five years.”

Andrews caught a total of 17 touchdowns passes over the past two seasons and 20 overall in 45 career games. He has 156 receptions for 2,105 yards.

Last season, Andrews caught 58 passes for 701 yards and seven touchdowns in 14 games. In 2019, he made the Pro Bowl after establishing career bests of 64 catches for 852 yards and 10 scoring passes in 15 contests.

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Dec 3, 2017; Orchard Park, NY, USA; New England Patriots center Ted Karras (75) against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. New England beats Buffalo 23 to 3. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

Report: C Ted Karras returning to the Patriots

Jan 3, 2021; Cincinnati, Ohio, USA; Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green (18) reacts prior to the game against the Baltimore Ravens at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Katie Stratman-USA TODAY Sports

After one season with the Miami Dolphins, center Ted Karras is reportedly returning to the New England Patriots on a one-year contract for 2021.

ESPN reported the deal could be worth up to $4 million, an indication that starting center David Andrews will not remain with New England.

Karras, who turned 28 on Monday, started all 16 games with the Dolphins last season after signing a one-year, $4 million deal in March 2020.

A sixth-round pick by the Patriots in 2016, Karras won two Super Bowls and appeared in 60 games (20 starts) with New England from 2016-19.

Andrews, 28, has started 69 of his 72 regular-season games since the Pats signed him as an undrafted free agent in 2015. After missing all of 2019 because of blood clots in his lungs, he returned to start 12 games last season.

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Aug 22, 2019; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots center David Andrews (60) reacts during the first half against the Carolina Panthers at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Patriots C Andrews undergoes thumb surgery

New England Patriots center David Andrews likely will miss Sunday’s game against the Las Vegas Raiders after undergoing right thumb surgery on his snapping hand, according to multiple reports.

The Patriots might place Andrews on injured reserve. That maneuver would require the 28-year-old to miss at least three games.

Andrews injured the thumb during Sunday’s loss to the Seattle Seahawks. He was seen on the Patriots practice field this week by reporters with a wrap on his right hand.

Andrews, a team captain, started the first two games this season after missing the entire 2019 season due to blood clots in his lungs. He has started 59 of 62 games played since entering the league with New England in 2015.

“He’s the piece that holds it all together as the center,” starting left tackle Isaiah Wynn said earlier this week. “With all his knowledge, he’s very reliable. When we don’t know something, he knows the answer to it. Just him being the key piece has been helpful and great.”

Second-year pro Hjalte Froholdt could be elevated to starting center. Froholdt, 24, has played nine special teams snaps this season but hasn’t seen any action on the offensive line since being New England’s fourth-round selection in 2019.

“He’s been able to be out on the field every day and work hard and continue to get better since we’ve had the opportunity to begin practicing,” Patriots coach Bill Belichick said of Froholdt on Friday. “He’s still a young player that has a lot of room to grow and works very hard at it.”

Another option is promoting James Ferentz from the practice squad. Ferentz, 31, has played in 38 NFL games, including two starts last season — one at guard, one at center — for New England. He saw action in 21 games with the Denver Broncos in 2015-16 and 17 with the Patriots in 2018-19.

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