BALTIMORE — The Baltimore Ravens’ bad luck due to injury apparently hasn’t ended last season.

Poe, the Ravens mascot, is carried off the pitch during the mascot vs. youth soccer at the halftime of the Baltimore preseason final against the Washington Commanders on Saturday night. Poe had to be lifted onto the carriage by three people and his left leg had to be stabilized.

The injury occurred when Poe was pinched from behind and pushed to the ground by a teenage soccer player.

Ravens coach John Harbaugh walked onto the pitch and examined Poe, who lay on the court for nearly five minutes as many were unsure if he was actually injured. Poe’s injury almost delayed the start of the second half. He was sent off with about a minute remaining before the start of the third quarter.

Asked for an update on Poe’s injury, Ravens coach John Harbaugh said: “I knew you were going to ask me that.”

Harbaugh later added jokingly, “No updates on that. There’s going to be an MRI tomorrow, for sure.”

It was a very tough match between the mascots and the teenage soccer players. One of the players is pushed off his feet by the Bear mascot as he tries to get into the end zone.

A substitute Poe appeared midway through the third quarter, which drew cheers from the fans at M&T Bank Stadium. He gave a high-five to the fans.

Despite losing Poe, the Ravens were able to hold off Washington to win their 23rd straight preseason game. Injuries derailed Baltimore’s season last season, when 25 players were placed on the injury reserve at some point. But this marks the first injured mascot for the Ravens.

With a smile, a Ravens spokesman said after the game that there would be no injury renewals until Week 1 of the regular season.

By Blanca

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