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.”

–Field Level Media

Feb 2, 2020; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Kansas City Chiefs receiver Sammy Watkins (14) runs after a reception against the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl LIV at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: WR Sammy Watkins to sign with Ravens

Three days after his free agent visit, wide receiver Sammy Watkins agreed to sign a one-year contract with the Baltimore Ravens, according to multiple reports Friday.

The contract reportedly will pay Watkins $6 million for the 2021 season, with $5 million guaranteed.

The Ravens had not been shy about their free agency pursuits and hunt for a big-name wide receiver this offseason. The team already struck out after heavily pursuing wideout JuJu Smith-Schuster, who re-signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers, and T.Y. Hilton, who re-upped with the Indianapolis Colts.

Watkins will reunite with Ravens offensive coordinator Greg Roman, who held the same title with the Buffalo Bills when Watkins recorded his only 1,000-yard campaign in 2015 with 1,047 receiving yards and registered a career-high nine scoring catches.

Baltimore marks Watkins’ fourth team as he enters his eighth NFL season.

The 27-year-old has played with his share of prolific passers, as Ravens starter Lamar Jackson, who made a Pro Bowl in 2019, has a chance to become Watkins’ fourth QB teammate to each the Pro Bowl. Watkins enjoyed a career year with the Bills’ Tyrod Taylor in 2015, teamed with Pro Bowler Jared Goff with the Los Angeles Rams in 2017 and played with three-time Pro Bowler Patrick Mahomes as a member of the Kansas City Chiefs the past thee seasons.

Watkins has struggled to stay healthy since being selected by the Bills with the fourth overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft after a highly decorated college career at Clemson. He has played in more than 10 games in just four of his seven seasons.

Watkins recorded 37 receptions for a career-low 421 yards and two touchdowns in 10 games (nine starts) with the Chiefs last season. Winner of a Super Bowl ring after Kansas City’s title-winning 2019 season, he has 321 catches for 4,665 yards with 33 scores in 86 career games (82 starts) with the Bills (2014-16), Rams (2017) and Chiefs (2018-20).

–Field Level Media

Oct 5, 2020; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Sammy Watkins (14) is tackled by New England Patriots defensive back J.C. Jackson (27) during the third quarter of a NFL game at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

Report: WR Sammy Watkins to visit Ravens

Wide receiver Sammy Watkins will meet with the Baltimore Ravens on Tuesday, NFL Network reported.

Joining the Ravens likely would serve both entities well. Baltimore is in need of an upgrade to its wide receiver corps, while Watkins likely would be in line for more playing time — provided he can avoid the injury bug that has plagued him throughout his career.

Watkins, 27, has struggled to stay healthy since being selected by the Buffalo Bills with the fourth overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. He has missed multiple contests in a season in all but his rookie campaign.

Watkins recorded 37 receptions for 421 yards and two touchdowns in 10 games with the Kansas City Chiefs last season. He has 321 catches for 4,665 yards with 33 scores in 86 career games with the Los Angeles Rams, Bills and Chiefs.

The Ravens reportedly pursued JuJu Smith-Schuster before the wideout elected to return to the Pittsburgh Steelers on a one-year deal last week.

Wideout Marquise Brown and tight end Mark Andrews each had 58 receptions last season to lead Baltimore. Brown led the team in receiving yards (769) and receiving touchdowns (eight).

–Field Level Media

Nov 29, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; Kansas City Chiefs running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire (25) runs the ball against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Chiefs’ Clyde Edwards-Helaire likely to play vs. Bills

Kansas City Chiefs rookie running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire likely will play in Sunday’s AFC Championship Game against the visiting Buffalo Bills, multiple media outlets reported.

Fellow running back Le’Veon Bell and wide receiver Sammy Watkins are not expected to compete for the Chiefs, per reports.

Edwards-Helaire is questionable with hip and ankle injuries. He sat out the final two games of the regular season as well as Kansas City’s 22-17 divisional round victory over the Cleveland Browns last Sunday.

Darrel Williams led the Chiefs by rushing 13 times for 78 yards against the Browns.

Edwards-Helaire, 21, has team-leading totals in carries (181), rushing yards (803) and rushing touchdowns (four) since being selected by Kansas City with the 32nd overall pick of the 2020 NFL Draft. He also has 36 catches for 297 yards and a score.

Edwards-Helaire rushed for 161 yards on 26 carries in a 26-17 win over the Bills in Week 6.

Bell (knee) and Watkins (calf) are questionable for Sunday’s game with their respective injuries.

Bell rushed for 254 yards and two touchdowns in nine games with the Chiefs.

Demarcus Robinson and Mecole Hardman likely will see more snaps in place of Watkins, who had 37 receptions for 421 yards and two touchdowns this season. Hardman had four catches for 58 yards versus Cleveland while Robinson had one reception for 14 yards.

–Field Level Media

Dec 6, 2020; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill (10) runs against Denver Broncos linebacker Malik Reed (59) during the first half at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

Chiefs’ Hill, Watkins, Edwards-Helaire out vs. Chargers

Kansas City Chiefs wide receivers Tyreek Hill and Sammy Watkins as well as rookie running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire have been ruled out for this weekend’s game against the Los Angeles Chargers.

Hill (hamstring), Watkins (calf) and Edwards-Helaire (ankle) are nursing injuries for the Chiefs (14-1), who have clinched the top seed in the AFC.

Kansas City coach Andy Reid said earlier in the week that quarterback Chad Henne will start versus the visiting Chargers (6-9). Henne is getting the nod over Patrick Mahomes (rest).

Running back Le’Veon Bell, who has been bothered by an ailing knee, returned to practice on Friday. He is questionable for Sunday’s game.

Hill, 26, has 87 receptions for 1,276 yards with a career-best 15 touchdowns this season.

Watkins, 27, has 37 receptions for 421 yards and two scores in 2020.

Edwards-Helaire, 21, has team-leading totals in carries (181), rushing yards (803) and rushing touchdowns (four) since being selected by Kansas City with the 32nd overall pick of the 2020 NFL Draft. He also has 36 catches for 297 yards and a score.

–Field Level Media

Sep 28, 2020; Baltimore, Maryland, USA;  Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Sammy Watkins (14) runs after the catch during the first half against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Chiefs WR Watkins (hamstring) out vs. Panthers

Kansas City wide receiver Sammy Watkins continues to be bothered by a hamstring injury and will miss his fourth straight game on Sunday, the Chiefs said.

Watkins, 27, hasn’t played since the team’s Week 5 loss to the Las Vegas Raiders. He returned to practice on Wednesday but had been listed as questionable.

In five games this season, Watkins has 21 catches for 222 yards and two touchdowns. He has eight receiving scores in two-plus seasons with the Chiefs and 33 career receiving touchdowns in 81 games with the Chiefs, Los Angeles Rams and Buffalo Bills.

The Chiefs (7-1) host the Carolina Panthers (3-5) on Sunday. The Panthers are expected to have running back Christian McCaffrey on the field for the first time since Week 2, when he sustained an ankle injury.

–Field Level Media

Oct 5, 2020; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Sammy Watkins (14) is tackled by New England Patriots defensive back J.C. Jackson (27) during the third quarter of a NFL game at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

Chiefs rule out WR Watkins vs. Bills; put G Osemele on IR

Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Sammy Watkins and left guard Kelechi Osemele have been ruled out for Monday’s game against the host Buffalo Bills.

Watkins, 27, is nursing a hamstring injury while Osemele tore tendons in both knees during Sunday’s 40-32 loss against the Las Vegas Raiders. Osemele was placed on injured reserve, the team announced Saturday.

In five games this season, Watkins has 21 catches for 222 yards and two touchdowns. He has eight receiving scores in two-plus seasons with the Chiefs and 33 career receiving touchdowns in 81 games with the Chiefs, Los Angeles Rams and Bills.

Osemele, 31, started all five games this season and has made 101 career starts in nine seasons with the Baltimore Ravens, the then-Oakland Raiders, New York Jets and Kansas City.

Mike Remmers, a veteran who made 14 starts for the New York Giants last season, replaced Osemele in last week’s game versus the Raiders.

Offensive tackle Mitchell Schwartz (back) is questionable for Monday’s game for the Chiefs (4-1).

Buffalo ruled out tight end Dawson Knox, who is nursing a calf injury. Knox, 23, has six receptions for 93 yards in four games this season.

Cornerback Tre’Davious White (back), linebacker Matt Milano (pectoral), wide receiver John Brown (knee) and guard Quinton Spain (foot) are listed as questionable for the Bills (4-1).

–Field Level Media