Rashod Bateman Injury Recovery Timeline Revealed After Surgery

Devon Platana
An injury recovery timeline for Baltimore Ravens rookie WR Rashod Bateman has been revealed following his surgery.
An injury recovery timeline for Baltimore Ravens rookie WR Rashod Bateman has been revealed following his surgery. / Scott Taetsch/Getty Images

While the Baltimore Ravens finished the 2020 NFL season with an 11-5 record, their passing game left a lot to be desired. The Ravens averaged a league-worst 171.9 passing yards per game last year, which is why they decided to revamp their aerial game over the offseason. That included selecting former Minnesota Golden Gophers wideout Rashod Bateman 27th overall at the 2021 NFL Draft.

Unfortunately, it'll be a while before Bateman makes his Baltimore debut. The 21-year-old was injured in practice on Tuesday and will undergo groin surgery sometime this week. On Thursday, Ravens head coach John Harbaugh revealed Bateman's recovery timeline, saying that the team expects him to be back in the lineup in September.

Rashod Bateman Injury Recovery Timeline

The fact that Bateman will miss a handful of games to start the new season is certainly a blow to the Ravens. Aside from Marquise Brown, Sammy Watkins and Mark Andrews, Bateman was expected to be one of the main focuses in Baltimore's passing game. He proved exactly what kind of playmaker he could be over his last two seasons with the Golden Golphers, catching 96 balls for 1,691 receiving yards and 13 touchdowns over 18 games in that span.

Even with Bateman out of the lineup, the Ravens passing game should still be more productive than it was last year. While Brown and Andrews finished 2020 with 769 and 701 receiving yards, respectively, no other Baltimore pass-catcher came close to that, with the next being Willie Snead at 432.

Veteran wideout Watkins, who was signed over the offseason, brings seven years of experience and a 14.5 yards per reception rating on his career, which should help shake things up. The Ravens also drafted former Oklahoma State WR Tylan Wallace 131st overall this year and he's coming off back-to-back 900-yard collegiate seasons. While losing Bateman hurts, Baltimore is fortunate enough to have solid pass-catching depth options.

Whenever Bateman does return, he'll be joining a Ravens squad that has +1400 odds (T-5th) to win Super Bowl 56, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

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