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Rashod Bateman will miss several weeks with a foot injury

Rashod Bateman will miss several weeks with a foot injury

Ravens wide receiver Rashod Bateman will be on the shelf longer than initially expected, head coach John Harbaugh announced Monday.

Bateman suffered a setback with the same foot that sidelined him for two weeks earlier this month.

“Bateman is a little more disappointing in the sense that after the game they thought it was kind of a tweak, but there’s a little bit more from a tension standpoint. So there will be conversations,” Harbaugh said.

“Looks like it’s going to be a few weeks for him. We’ll have more to report later in the week.”

Bateman saw a full workload in Week 7 against the Cleveland Browns, but was sidelined after just 13 snaps in Tampa. He saw a target, a deep pass that fell just out of reach.

After entering the season as the Ravens’ top wide receiver, Bateman has caught 15 passes for 285 yards and two touchdowns. He was Baltimore’s top playmaking threat before the foot injury, and his 19 yards per catch remains third-best in the league among wide receivers with at least three receptions.

The Ravens will now lean more heavily on Devin Duvernay, Demarcus Robinson, James Proche II, Tylan Wallace and their tight ends, even though pass receiver Mark Andrews is dealing with a shoulder injury.

Rookie tight end Isaiah Likely led Baltimore’s big win over the Buccaneers, Duvernay scored a touchdown on a jet sweep and Robinson and Proche had their best games yet.

Baltimore could make a trade for a wide receiver before Tuesday’s trade deadline. The Ravens could also call up veteran free agent DeSean Jackson, who is currently on the practice squad. Jackson’s great skill could help make up for the loss.

“Let’s say he’s 36, but he’s 36,” Harbaugh said. “He’s running a little bit. It’s a possibility. I think he probably feels ready to go. If he is, he could be out there.

“We’d love to see him make some big plays. That would be the hope. He can do all the other things, too. He can still run. He’s looked good in practice.”



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