Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said rookie wide receiver Rashod Bateman will have surgery to repair the groin injury he sustained in camp, and that Bateman will return “sometime in September.” “I think that’s pretty good news,” Harbaugh added. A day earlier, Harbaugh had announced that Bateman, the Ravens’ first-round draft pick this year, would be out “a number of weeks,” so his availability for the regular-season opener at Las Vegas Sept. 13 remains in doubt.
If the Ravens think Bateman’s recovery will linger into late September, the Ravens could opt to place Bateman on short-term injured reserve after the initial 53-man roster is set. (Anyone placed on injured reserve before that is automatically sidelined for the entire season.) But players on short-term IR must sit out a minimum of three weeks, so in that case Bateman’s season debut would be Week 4 at the earliest. The Ravens have until Aug. 31 to set the 53-man roster, and they should have a better sense of Bateman’s recovery time frame by then.
TRAINING CAMP NOTEBOOK
MARINER JOINS WR GROUP ON SIDELINE: It seems every day brings another wide receiver injury, and Saiosi Mariner left practice after about 45 minutes with an apparent injury. Mariner, who played collegiately at Utah State, had just signed with the Ravens earlier this week because of other injuries at the position. Since camp began, Bateman, Marquise Brown, Miles Boykin and Deon Cain have all missed multiple practices with injuries, and veteran Sammy Watkins’ workload has been measured to try to keep him healthy into the season.
ROOKIE LBS OWEH, HAYES RETURN TO PRACTICE: Rookie linebackers Odafe Oweh and Daelin Hayes returned to practice after missing some time with apparent injuries. Oweh had missed the Aug. 11 workout, and Hayes had left early. Oweh, the Ravens second first-round pick this year, has been one of the defensive standouts early in camp, and after the Aug. 12 practice, tackle Alejandro Villanueva said of Oweh, “possibly the fastest player on the football field, and he will be probably the fastest in most of the games that he’ll play.”
HUMPHREY, YOUNG GET VET DAY OFF: Cornerbacks Marlon Humphrey and Tavon Young didn’t practice, and Harbaugh said each received a veteran’s day off on what was possibly the hottest practice of training camp. It was the first missed practice for either player.
Villanueva, fullback Patrick Ricard and cornerback Iman Marshall each missed practice for the second straight day, while rookie guard Ben Cleveland, who left practice early on Aug. 11, also sat out. Others missing the practice included receivers Bateman, Brown, Boykin and Cain; offensive linemen Kevin Zeitler and Ronnie Stanley; linebacker Otaro Alaka; and defensive backs Jimmy Smith, Khalil Dorsey and Nigel Warrior. Offensive lineman JaWuan James (Achilles) and tight end Nick Boyle (knee) remain on the PUP list.
Zeiter and Warrior both did running and conditioning work on a side field late in practice.
PROCHE PLAYS CATCH WITH YOUNG FAN: Fans at training camp the past couple of days have had to endure the hottest sessions of the summer, but wide receiver James Proche made it worthwhile for one young fan. Before a kick return drill started, Proche waited in the end zone and tossed a football back and forth a few times with the fan as he headed toward the seats.
NUMBER CHANGE FOR HOUSTON, ALAKA: Newly signed linebacker Justin Houston is back in his familiar No. 50 that he wore in Kansas City and Indianapolis. Houston had worn No. 48 in his first few Ravens practices, but has now taken No. 50, previously worn by linebacker Otaro Alaka. Alaka, who didn’t practice Aug. 12, will wear No. 56.
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