Ravens brace for rookie Bateman to overlook opener

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OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Baltimore Ravens first-round decide Rashod Bateman may have surgical procedure on his groin this week and will miss the beginning of the season.

“He’ll be again from that a while in September,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh mentioned after Thursday’s follow. “I feel that is fairly excellent news.”

Bateman’s surgical procedure doubtless jeopardizes his availability for the Ravens’ season opener on Sept. 13, once they play on the Las Vegas Raiders on Monday Evening Soccer. Baltimore then hosts the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 2 (Sept. 19) earlier than touring to face the Detroit Lions in Week 3 (Sept. 26).

Bateman, who was projected to be amongst Lamar Jackson‘s prime three broad receivers, injured his proper groin Tuesday whereas making a lower towards cornerback Marcus Peters in a one-on-one drill. Harbaugh mentioned Wednesday that Bateman was expected to miss “a number of weeks.”

The No. 27 general decide, Bateman was one of many greatest offseason additions to a Ravens receiver group that totaled the fewest catches (137), receiving yards (1,729) and first downs (83) within the NFL final season.

Bateman is the fourth Baltimore broad receiver to overlook a number of practices main as much as Saturday’s preseason opener towards the New Orleans Saints, becoming a member of Marquise “Hollywood” Brown (hamstring), Miles Boykin (hamstring) and Deon Cain (undisclosed). Brown, who hasn’t practiced since July 29, has been working off to the aspect and seems to be near returning.

The Ravens’ solely three wholesome broad receivers who’ve caught a move within the common season are Sammy Watkins, Devin Duvernay and James Proche. Watkins is the one one with greater than 20 profession receptions.

Bateman had no historical past of accidents in his three seasons on the College of Minnesota, the place performed each recreation in 2018 and 2019 earlier than opting out after 5 video games final season.

“The longer term is shiny, and that is only a small bump within the street,” Bateman posted Wednesday on Instagram. “My eyes are set on getting proper again to assist this group. Be again quickly.”

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