OWINGS MILLS, Md.-Baltimore Ravens first round Consumption Bateman must be operated on in the groin this week and may miss the start of the season.
“He’s coming back from it sometime in September,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said after Thursday’s training session. “I think that’s pretty good news.”
Bateman’s operation is likely to jeopardize his availability at the Ravens’ season opener on Sept. 13 when they play the Las Vegas Raiders on Monday Night Football. Baltimore then hosts the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 2 (September 19), before traveling to meet the Detroit Lions in Week 3 (September 26).
Bateman tweeted later Thursday that he “will be back soon.”
Be back soon! The future is still bright 🦇
– Rashod Bateman (@ R_bateman2) August 12, 2021
Bateman, who was expected to be among Lamar Jackson‘s top three wide receivers, injured his right groin on Tuesday while making a cut towards the corner kick Marcus Peters in a one-to-one drill. Harbaugh said Wednesday that Bateman is expected to miss “a number of weeks.”
Number 27 overall pick, Bateman was one of the biggest off-season additions to a Ravens receiver group that accounted for the fewest catches (137), received yards (1,729) and first setbacks (83) in the NFL last season.
Bateman is the fourth Baltimore-wide receiver to miss several drills leading up to Saturday’s opening of the preseason against the New Orleans Saints and joined Marquise “Hollywood” Brown (hoarding), Miles Boykin (hoarding) and Deon Cain (not informed). Brown, who has not practiced since July 29, has run off to the side and appears to be close to returning.
The raven’s only three healthy wide receivers who have caught a pass in the regular season are Sammy Watkins, Devin Duvernay and James Proche. Watkins is the only one with more than 20 career receptions.
Bateman had no injuries in his three seasons in Minnesota, where he played every game in 2018 and 2019 before retiring after five games last season.
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