During a press conference today, Harbaugh told reporters that Bateman will undergo surgery on his groin later this week.
“Bateman, to give you the announcement on him. He’s actually getting a surgery either tomorrow or Friday on his groin,” Harbaugh said. “He’ll be back from that sometime in September. So I think that’s pretty good news.”
This update from Harbaugh just comes 24 hours after he said Bateman would miss weeks, not months because of his groin injury.
Coach Harbaugh says Rashod Bateman will have surgery and expects him to return in September. pic.twitter.com/WCzcpNNxIX
— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) August 12, 2021
Bateman suffered the injury while running a slant against Ravens cornerback Marcus Peters during Tuesday’s practice.
“Story of today’s practice was an injury to first-round WR Rashod Bateman,” Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic said. “Bateman pulled up while running a slant against Peters and then fell immediately to ground. Walked to building with pronounced limp. DeCosta followed him in building.”
It’s unfortunate that Bateman won’t be ready for Week 1 of the regular season, but at least the Ravens should have their 2021 first-round pick back later this fall.
Baltimore selected Bateman with the 27th overall pick in this year’s draft in an effort to bolster its passing attack. The front office will have to wait several weeks to see if Bateman was worth the investment.