Ravens' Bateman opts for surgery, out for the season

Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Rashod Bateman (7) smiles after scoring a touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game against the New York Jets, Sunday, Sept. 11, 2022, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)

OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) Baltimore receiver Rashod Bateman is out for the season after deciding to have surgery on his injured foot.

Coach John Harbaugh announced Thursday that Bateman opted for Lisfranc surgery after consulting with his family and agent.

''We support him on that. We understand what he's doing,'' Harbaugh said. ''He'll move forward with it. I think Rashod is a great guy. He really wants to be out there. He wants to play.''

The Ravens drafted Bateman in the first round last year, but his rookie season was delayed by a groin injury. He ultimately caught 46 passes for 515 yards in 12 games in 2021, and Baltimore showed confidence in him when the team traded away receiver Marquise Brown in the offseason.

Bateman began this season by catching touchdown passes of 55 and 75 yards in the first two games, but he's been slowed of late by his injury and played only 13 snaps in last Thursday's win at Tampa Bay.

''He's our wide receiver No. 1, and we know how much he wants to be out there with us, but me and our whole offense have confidence in all the other guys,'' tackle Ronnie Stanley said. ''We know those guys are ready to step up.''

Bateman posted ''darkest times of them all for sure'' on social media, but said he appreciates the love and support and can't question God's plan.

The Ravens lose Bateman at a time when they were hoping a friendlier schedule would help with their injury issues. After beating Cleveland and Tampa Bay in a span of five days last week, the Ravens had extra time to prepare for their matchup this coming Monday at New Orleans. Then they have an open date after that, meaning Baltimore will end up playing just one game in a 23-day span.

''These games come when they come. We have kind of an interesting setup here with the Thursday game, then a Monday game, then a bye,'' Harbaugh said. ''So, hopefully we can take maximum advantage of that in terms of opportunity to recover from some of those things.''

On Thursday, tight end Mark Andrews (knee/shoulder) and running back Gus Edwards (hamstring) missed practice. However, the outlook is better on defense. Linebackers Tyus Bowser and David Ojabo, who were both out with Achilles tendon injuries, have been activated.

''I've seen different guys in our room. I'm kind of like the last man standing,'' linebacker Odafe Oweh said. ''Just having Tyus back and a bunch of guys like David outside there and just working out, it feels good. We're warming up and heating up right when we're supposed to be.''

With Bateman and Andrews limited last week, Baltimore showed off some of its depth at receiver and tight end. Rookie tight end Isaiah Likely had six catches for 77 yards and a touchdown.

''We have guys,'' quarterback Lamar Jackson said. ''They're just waiting for an opportunity and they showed it. We're just going to need that each and every game.''

The Ravens haven't had much success throwing deep this season. They have only five passes of at least 30 yards, and Bateman had three of those receptions.

Harbaugh said DeSean Jackson, signed last month to the practice squad, is probably ready to play for Baltimore for the first time Monday.

''If I get the call, for sure I'll be ready,'' the 35-year-old Jackson said. ''It's not my decision. I'm just here taking it day by day, getting ready.''

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