The Ravens ended their three-game losing streak in Cincinnati, beating the Bengals, 27-24, behind a complete and all-around performance by the offense and critical stops by the defense for their first victory in the Queen City since 2021. But it also came at a price.
Wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. injured his ankle in the first half and did not return in the second, while outside linebacker Odafe Oweh also injured his ankle and left Paycor Stadium in a walking boot.
How significant their injuries are, however, is unknown. On Monday, coach John Harbaugh declined to discuss specifics.
“Yeah, we’ve got a lot more information,” he said. “I’m just going to keep that close to the vest right now.”
Beckham, who has had an ankle issue since breaking his left ankle and undergoing surgery in 2017, came up gimpy after making a catch and cut over the middle for 15 yards just over midway through the first quarter on Sunday. He stayed on the field for the rest of the drive but missed the first few plays of the Ravens’ next possession as he ran in place on the sideline. Eventually, he was ruled out for the second half and watched the rest of the game from the sideline in street clothes.
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Oweh’s injury, however, could possibly be more concerning.
While the Ravens gave no update during the game, he played just 14 snaps against the Bengals and was out of the game by early in the second half. On Monday, Harbaugh said only that he suffered an ankle sprain.
Though Oweh has just three tackles and has yet to register a sack through the first two games of the season, losing the 24-year-old 2021 first-round draft pick for any length of time would be another blow to a defense that has been depleted by injuries.
Already, the Ravens’ defense has been without safety Marcus Williams, cornerback Marlon Humphrey and outside linebackers Tyus Bowser and Malik Hamm. Bowser remains on the non-football injury list, while Hamm is on injured reserve, meaning both will miss at least the first four games.
However, Williams could be back relatively soon.
The 27-year-old veteran who suffered a pectoral injury against the Houston Texans in the season opener will not undergo surgery and instead continue to rehab, Harbaugh said. He also will not be placed on injured reserve, a sign that he could possibly be back on the field in 2 to 3 weeks, though Harbaugh was hesitant to offer a specific timetable for his return.
“If there’s any long-term issue, we’ll let you know, if it will be [injured reserve] thing,” Harbaugh said. “We’re not there yet with anybody.”