Everyone said the same thing about the play where Mark Andrews got hurt
A number of fans and observers echoed a similar sentiment Thursday about the play where Baltimore Ravens tight end Mark Andrews got hurt. They believe the way he was tackled shouldn’t be allowed.
Andrews suffered an injury just minutes into the Ravens’ clash against the Cincinnati Bengals at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Md.
The Ravens had 1st-and-10 in the red zone on their opening drive when quarterback Lamar Jackson found Andrews for a 9-yard gain. Andrews was tackled by Bengals linebacker Logan Wilson, who used a hip-drop tackle to take the Pro Bowler to the ground. The play forced Andrews off the field with an apparent ankle injury.
A hip-drop tackle is when a defender wraps up the offensive player and then twists or falls to the ground using his full body weight. The play often results in defenders landing on the offensive player’s leg, which was the case when Wilson tackled Andrews.
Several voices called for the abolishment of the hip-drop tackle after Andrews got hurt.
The hip drop tackles need to be banned
— Keaton (@kjonesy1587) November 17, 2023
Hip drop tackle on Andrews. Same tackle that injured Geno Smith and the tackle that the league is looking at making illegal.
— Field Gulls (@FieldGulls) November 17, 2023
The hip drop tackle needs to be outlawed. It’s worse than the horse collar tackle. It’s almost entirely unnecessary every single time, and usually completely avoidable. It’s a conscious effort to tackle that way, and ends in injury far too often!
— Dr Jekyll (@GetReady88) November 17, 2023
Wilson employed the same technique on Jackson shortly after Andrews’ exit from the contest.
Logan Wilson has now gotten both Mark Andrews and Lamar Jackson with the hip drop tackles.
— Dale Lolley (@dlolley_pgh) November 17, 2023
Logan Wilson taking all the Ravens out
first Mark Andrews (ankle injury)
— Warren Sharp (@SharpFootball) November 17, 2023
Criticism of the hip-drop tackle has been rising. There has been talk in recent years about potentially banning the move.
Andrews has 45 receptions for 544 yards across 10 games played for the Ravens this season. He leads the Ravens in receiving touchdowns with 6.