The Baltimore Ravens have had injuries decimate their team over the course of 2021. That didn’t change in Week 7, as offensive lineman Patrick Mekari went down in Baltimore’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals with an ankle injury. He got rolled up on while blocking, and went down in a lot of pain. He limped off of the field slowly, went into the blue medical tent, and eventually limped to the locker room.
On Monday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported that Mekari suffered a high-ankle sprain, which can be very tricky to recover from.
#Ravens RT Patrick Mekari suffered a high-ankle sprain yesterday, source said. He’s seeking more feedback and the team is assessing its options heading into the bye week, but another injury on the O-line.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 25, 2021
The injury to Mekari marks yet another offensive lineman who will miss time with an ailment. The team has already seen All-Pro Ronnie Stanley be ruled out for the rest of the year as he underwent another ankle surgery, as well as Tyre Phillips and Ben Cleveland have stints on injured reserve as well.
Mekari could be heading to injured reserve while he recovers, and it wouldn’t be surprising to see him miss the next month or so with his high-ankle sprain. Baltimore will now have to turn to some combination of Tyre Phillips and practice squad players such as Andre Smith and David Sharpe. They could also opt to bring in an outside option at the position.