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Ravens center Patrick Mekari leaves win over Giants with back injury; DeShon Elliott, others banged up

Ravens center Patrick Mekari injured his back in Sunday’s 27-13 win over the visiting New York Giants and did not return to the game.

Coach John Harbaugh said after the game that Mekari’s back tightened and he does not expect the injury to sideline him for an extended period of time, “but we’ll always have to look at a back [injury] and see.”

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Matt Skura started the offense’s third possession at center while Mekari was being stretched out. Skura started the team’s first 10 games of the season but was benched in favor of Mekari after repeated struggles snapping the ball. Before Mekari’s injury, Skura had reported eligible as an extra blocker on several plays.

The Ravens rushed for 249 yards against the Giants, the fifth time this season the team has totaled at least 200 yards on the ground and the third time in the past four weeks.

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“I thought Matt Skura deserves a lot of credit for coming in there and playing very well,” Harbaugh said. “He did a nice job. Matt’s a heck of a player and it was good to see that.”

Ravens safety DeShon Elliott was shaken up making a tackle in the third quarter, and appeared to be holding his hand while being helped off the field. Jordan Richards entered the game as a replacement, but Elliott returned shortly after.

Running back J.K. Dobbins injured his chest in the third quarter but returned in the fourth. Wide receiver Willie Snead IV, who was slow to get up after making a catch in the first half, played sparingly in the second half. Outside linebacker Yannick Ngakoue left the game with a thigh injury and did not return, according to the team’s postgame notes. Ngakoue appeared to favor his left leg late in the fourth quarter.

Cornerback Marlon Humphrey, wide receiver Devin Duvernay and fullback Patrick Ricard also briefly left the game but returned.

Extra points

  • Dobbins scored his seventh rushing touchdown of the season, breaking Jamal Lewis’ single-season rookie record. He also tied Marquise “Hollywood” Brown, Torrey Smith and Marlon Brown for the most touchdowns by a Ravens rookie.
  • The Ravens won their 97th straight game when leading by 14 or more points, the longest active streak in the NFL.
  • Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson has 45 touchdown passes in the red zone in his NFL career, the most by any player without an interception to start their career in the past 30 seasons.
  • The Ravens have rushed for 22 touchdowns, tying a single-season franchise record (2009).
  • The Ravens are the first team in NFL history to have three players (Jackson, Dobbins and running back Gus Edwards) rush for at least 600 yards and six touchdowns in a season.
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