Getting pounded in a 30-point loss to the Houston Texans was debilitating enough for the Ravens.
Then they almost lost rookie right tackle Kelechi Osemele, who was engaged in a block when a pile of players crunched against his right leg.
It didn't look good as Osemele appeared headed to the season-ending injury list.
"I just heard a pop in my knee and my ankle. I was real worried about it. Couldn't feel it because I had so much adrenaline going," said Osemele, who was replaced by veteran Bryant McKinnie but returned to start the third quarter. "I lost so much strength I thought something was definitely damaged."
Fortunately for Osemele, the X-rays were negative. It was a shocking twist because he hobbled and had to be assisted to a cart. Osemele couldn't put pressure on his right leg. Athletic trainers also put a soft cast on him as he was wheeled off the field.
"Nothing was broken," said Osemele, who admitted he was taken aback by the diagnosis. "I got some shots in me. The pain started kicking in later. Then it kind of felt like I didn't have strength in it but once the pain went away I was like, 'Im just going to finish out the game.' "
The Ravens are entering a bye week, which will give Osemele time to rebound so he'll be at full strength for Nov. 4 at the Cleveland Browns.
"I'll be good," he said. "Regardless of what happens I'm going to be in there. I'll be alright."