Sep 13, 2021; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Sammy Watkins (14) against the Las Vegas Raiders during Monday Night Football at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Ravens WR Sammy Watkins ruled out vs. Chargers

Sammy Watkins’ loss apparently will be Rashod Bateman’s gain.

Watkins is going to miss the Baltimore Ravens’ home game against the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday, opening the door for Bateman to make his NFL debut.

After injuring his hamstring in Monday night’s win over the Indianapolis Colts, Watkins missed practice all week and has been ruled out of Sunday’s contest. He is third on the Ravens in both catches (18) and receiving yards (292).

“He could be back next week. He could be back the week after,” coach John Harbaugh said Friday. “It just depends on how quickly the hamstring heals.”

The timing of Watkins’ injury creates an opportunity for Bateman to potentially see action in his first NFL game.

Harbaugh said he would “probably expect” Bateman, the 27th overall pick in this year’s draft, to play against the Chargers. The University of Minnesota product had offseason groin surgery and has spent the last three weeks working his way into game shape.

“I think we’re going to build him into the plan on a week-to-week basis,” offensive coordinator Greg Roman said. “Rashod’s going to have a long and fruitful career. This is just the first step. We will integrate him into the plan when the time is right.”

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May 26, 2021; Owings Mills, Maryland, USA; Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Miles Boykin (80) catches a pass during an OTA at Under Armour Performance Center. Mandatory Credit: Scott Taetsch-USA TODAY Sports

Ravens activate WR Miles Boykin from IR

Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Miles Boykin was activated from injured reserve in advance of Monday night’s game against the Indianapolis Colts.

Boykin, 24, has not played this season because of a hamstring injury that occurred early in training camp. In two seasons, the former third-round draft pick out of Notre Dame, has 32 receptions and 464 yards with seven touchdowns in 32 games (24 starts).

Rookie wide receiver Rashod Bateman, a first-round pick out of Minnesota who has yet to make his NFL debut, is back at practice but will not be activated for Monday’s game. Bateman, 21, has been out after core muscle surgery.

In other moves, the Ravens also activated safety Jordan Richards and offensive tackle Andre Smith from the practice squad. Running back Le’Veon Bell was not activated from the practice squad like he was last week when he had 11 yards on four carries in a 23-7 victory at Denver.

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Jun 15, 2021; Owings Mills, Maryland, USA; Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Rashod Bateman (12) returns a punt during mandatory mini camp at the Under Armor Performance Center. Mandatory Credit: Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports

Ravens WRs Rashod Bateman, Miles Boykin off IR

Baltimore Ravens rookie Rashod Bateman and fellow wide receiver Miles Boykin were activated from injured reserve in time for Wednesday’s practice.

Bateman, Baltimore’s top draft pick this year, injured his groin during training camp in August and required surgery.

Boykin, who turns 25 next month, has been out since injuring his hamstring on Aug. 2.

The Ravens travel to Denver to face the Broncos this Sunday, but it is unclear whether either player will be on the field.

“They’re both going to come back and practice and we’ll see where that takes us,” said coach John Harbaugh earlier this week.

Bateman, 21, caught 147 passes for 2,395 yards and 19 touchdowns over three seasons at the University of Minnesota from 2018-20.

Boykin, a third-round pick by the Ravens in 2019, played in all 32 games (24 starts) his first two seasons and has 32 career catches for 464 yards and seven touchdowns.

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May 26, 2021; Owings Mills, Maryland, USA; Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Rashod Bateman (12) in action during an OTA at Under Armour Performance Center. Mandatory Credit: Scott Taetsch-USA TODAY Sports

Ravens WR Rashod Bateman to have groin surgery

Baltimore Ravens rookie receiver Rashod Bateman will have groin surgery and be sidelined until September, coach John Harbaugh told reporters Thursday.

“He’s actually getting a surgery either today or Friday on his groin,” Harbaugh said. “He’ll be back from that some time in September, so I think that’s pretty good news.”

The 21-year-old first-round draft pick limped off the practice field Tuesday. He fell to the ground after making a cut while working against cornerback Marcus Peters.

The Ravens open the regular season against the host Las Vegas Raiders on “Monday Night Football” on Sept. 13.

Bateman caught 147 passes for 2,395 yards and 19 touchdowns over three seasons at the University of Minnesota from 2018-20.

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May 26, 2021; Owings Mills, Maryland, USA; Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Rashod Bateman (12) in action during an OTA at Under Armour Performance Center. Mandatory Credit: Scott Taetsch-USA TODAY Sports

Ravens WR Rashod Bateman (groin) out ‘not months, weeks’

Baltimore Ravens rookie receiver Rashod Bateman will be sidelined “a number of weeks” with a leg injury, coach John Harbaugh told reporters Wednesday.

“He’s got a soft tissue, a leg issue that’s gonna be weeks, a number of weeks,” Harbaugh said. “I don’t know how many. It’s not going to be months, but it’ll be weeks and we’ll see where we’re at.”

The 21-year-old first-round draft pick limped off the practice field Tuesday with what was originally reported as a groin injury. He fell to the ground after making a cut while working against cornerback Marcus Peters.

Bateman will miss Baltimore’s preseason opener Saturday against the visiting New Orleans Saints. The Ravens open the regular season on the road against the Las Vegas Raiders on “Monday Night Football” on Sept. 13.

Bateman caught 147 passes for 2,395 yards and 19 touchdowns over three seasons at the University of Minnesota from 2018-20.

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Oct 24, 2020; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Golden Gophers wide receiver Rashod Bateman (0) catches a pass in the first half against the Michigan Wolverines at TCF Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

Ravens reach deal with top pick WR Rashod Bateman

Wide receiver Rashod Bateman, the Baltimore Ravens’ first-round selection in the NFL Draft, signed a contract with the team Wednesday, with multiple outlets reporting it was worth $12.6 million over four years.

Bateman, the No. 27 overall selection out of Minnesota, was the first of two opening-round selections by the team. Penn State defensive end Odafe Oweh was selected with the No. 31 overall pick that came from a trade with the Kansas City Chiefs.

In five games this past season, Bateman caught 36 passes for Minnesota for 472 yards and two touchdowns. In three seasons with the Golden Gophers, he caught 147 passes in 31 games for 2,395 yards and 19 TDs.

The Ravens added three wide receivers in the offseason. In addition to Bateman, they also drafted wide out Tylan Wallace out of Oklahoma State in the fourth round (131st overall) and signed free agent Sammy Watkins.

The Ravens open rookie minicamp Thursday.

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Nov 13, 2020; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Golden Gophers wide receiver Rashod Bateman (0) rushes with the ball after making a catch in the second half against the Iowa Hawkeyes at TCF Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

Minnesota WR Bateman opts out to pursue draft preparation

The Minnesota Gophers hope to resume season after a COVID-19 outbreak canceled Saturday’s rivalry game at Wisconsin, but standout wide receiver Rashod Bateman won’t be a part of it.

Bateman opted out of what remains of Minnesota’s season on Wednesday with a Twitter announcement that he will skip the rest of the 2020 season to begin to prepare for the 2021 NFL Draft.

“After further dialogue with Coach Fleck and my family, we decided that after this most recent Covid-19 outbreak and the cancellation of this weekend’s game, that it made the most sense to begin to focus on the next stage of my career,” Bateman posted.

The Gophers (2-3) halted practice Monday before formally shutting the team down for the week on Tuesday. The program has announced 15 positive COVID-19 cases, with nine players and six staff members, with more presumed positives possible on the way.

Bateman was one of the first notable players to opt out of the season in August after becoming sick with COVID-19 during the summer. He changed his mind and returned to the team when the Big Ten announced it was resuming its season with new safety protocols.

Bateman had signed with an agency and took money for housing and other expenses after opting out the first time, but received special dispensation from the NCAA that allowed him to return for the 2020 season.

Bateman, projected to be a first-round pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, racked up 36 catches for 472 yards and two touchdowns in five games this season for Minnesota. Bateman was named the Big Ten Receiver of the Year in 2019 after catching 60 passes for 1,219 yards and 11 touchdowns.

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Nov 13, 2020; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Golden Gophers wide receiver Rashod Bateman (0) rushes with the ball after making a catch in the second half against the Iowa Hawkeyes at TCF Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

Minnesota WR Bateman opts out to pursue draft preparation

The Minnesota Gophers hope to resume season after a COVID-19 outbreak canceled Saturday’s rivalry game at Wisconsin, but standout wide receiver Rashod Bateman won’t be a part of it.

Bateman opted out of what remains of Minnesota’s season on Wednesday with a Twitter announcement that he will skip the rest of the 2020 season to begin to prepare for the 2021 NFL Draft.

“After further dialogue with Coach Fleck and my family, we decided that after this most recent Covid-19 outbreak and the cancellation of this weekend’s game, that it made the most sense to begin to focus on the next stage of my career,” Bateman posted.

The Gophers (2-3) halted practice Monday before formally shutting the team down for the week on Tuesday. The program has announced 15 positive COVID-19 cases, with nine players and six staff members, with more presumed positives possible on the way.

Bateman was one of the first notable players to opt out of the season in August after becoming sick with COVID-19 during the summer. He changed his mind and returned to the team when the Big Ten announced it was resuming its season with new safety protocols.

Bateman had signed with an agency and took money for housing and other expenses after opting out the first time, but received special dispensation from the NCAA that allowed him to return for the 2020 season.

Bateman, projected to be a first-round pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, racked up 36 catches for 472 yards and two touchdowns in five games this season for Minnesota. Bateman was named the Big Ten Receiver of the Year in 2019 after catching 60 passes for 1,219 yards and 11 touchdowns.

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Nov 13, 2020; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Golden Gophers wide receiver Rashod Bateman (0) rushes with the ball after making a catch in the second half against the Iowa Hawkeyes at TCF Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

Minnesota WR Bateman opts out to pursue draft preparation

The Minnesota Gophers hope to resume season after a COVID-19 outbreak canceled Saturday’s rivalry game at Wisconsin, but standout wide receiver Rashod Bateman won’t be a part of it.

Bateman opted out of what remains of Minnesota’s season on Wednesday with a Twitter announcement that he will skip the rest of the 2020 season to begin to prepare for the 2021 NFL Draft.

“After further dialogue with Coach Fleck and my family, we decided that after this most recent Covid-19 outbreak and the cancellation of this weekend’s game, that it made the most sense to begin to focus on the next stage of my career,” Bateman posted.

The Gophers (2-3) halted practice Monday before formally shutting the team down for the week on Tuesday. The program has announced 15 positive COVID-19 cases, with nine players and six staff members, with more presumed positives possible on the way.

Bateman was one of the first notable players to opt out of the season in August after becoming sick with COVID-19 during the summer. He changed his mind and returned to the team when the Big Ten announced it was resuming its season with new safety protocols.

Bateman had signed with an agency and took money for housing and other expenses after opting out the first time, but received special dispensation from the NCAA that allowed him to return for the 2020 season.

Bateman, projected to be a first-round pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, racked up 36 catches for 472 yards and two touchdowns in five games this season for Minnesota. Bateman was named the Big Ten Receiver of the Year in 2019 after catching 60 passes for 1,219 yards and 11 touchdowns.

–Field Level Media

Nov 13, 2020; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Golden Gophers wide receiver Rashod Bateman (0) rushes with the ball after making a catch in the second half against the Iowa Hawkeyes at TCF Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

Minnesota WR Bateman opts out to pursue draft preparation

The Minnesota Gophers hope to resume season after a COVID-19 outbreak canceled Saturday’s rivalry game at Wisconsin, but standout wide receiver Rashod Bateman won’t be a part of it.

Bateman opted out of what remains of Minnesota’s season on Wednesday with a Twitter announcement that he will skip the rest of the 2020 season to begin to prepare for the 2021 NFL Draft.

“After further dialogue with Coach Fleck and my family, we decided that after this most recent Covid-19 outbreak and the cancellation of this weekend’s game, that it made the most sense to begin to focus on the next stage of my career,” Bateman posted.

The Gophers (2-3) halted practice Monday before formally shutting the team down for the week on Tuesday. The program has announced 15 positive COVID-19 cases, with nine players and six staff members, with more presumed positives possible on the way.

Bateman was one of the first notable players to opt out of the season in August after becoming sick with COVID-19 during the summer. He changed his mind and returned to the team when the Big Ten announced it was resuming its season with new safety protocols.

Bateman had signed with an agency and took money for housing and other expenses after opting out the first time, but received special dispensation from the NCAA that allowed him to return for the 2020 season.

Bateman, projected to be a first-round pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, racked up 36 catches for 472 yards and two touchdowns in five games this season for Minnesota. Bateman was named the Big Ten Receiver of the Year in 2019 after catching 60 passes for 1,219 yards and 11 touchdowns.

–Field Level Media