Baltimore Ravens mascot Poe had to be carted off the field after a serious injury suffered during a halftime show in the team’s final preseason game.
Injuries are part of the game of football, at the NFL or any level. It’s a dangerous sport and that’s just the unfortunate reality. Fans, however, are not accustomed to seeing teams’ mascots being the ones to go down hurt. But such was the case on Friday night in the preseason matchup between the Baltimore Ravens and Washington Commanders.
During halftime, the Ravens mascot, Poe, was playing a game with other mascots and some lucky children. Poe, on the other hand, was not so lucky.
While trying to make a play against some kids, the Ravens mascot went down to the turf and was holding his leg, clearly in actual pain. The injury was serious enough that he had to be carted off of the field as fans gave him cheers.
Ravens mascot carted off after tearing ACL during preseason halftime
It was reported after the game that Poe is believed to have suffered a torn ACL.
Honestly, the wildest part is that the person underneath the costume was so committed to his role as the mascot didn’t even take the Raven head off as he was being loaded onto the cart and taken off of the field. That’s fortitude personified.
This is something that you rarely, if ever, see on an NFL field. Let’s hope that Poe gets back on his feet sooner rather than later and can come back to Baltimore at 100 percent or better in the future,.