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Ravens rookie WR Rashod Bateman leaves practice early with injury | NOTES

One day after returning from what was described as muscle tightness that forced him to miss several practices last week, Ravens rookie wide receiver Rashod Bateman was injured during a one-on-one drill with cornerback Marcus Peters Tuesday morning in Owings Mills.

Bateman, the 27th overall selection in the the 2021 NFL draft and the team’s first pick, did not return.

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The 6-foot-1, 193-pound wideout made a cut before pulling up and falling to the turf. He got back on his feet clutching his core area and limped into the building.

Bateman, 21, returned to practice Monday and, although limited, generally looked solid in his first day in a while.

Expectations of Bateman are high. He was drafted in the hopes of teaming with Marquise Brown and Sammy Watkins to fortify a wide receiving-corps that has under-performed in recent years. That trio is also being counted on to give quarterback Lamar Jackson options other than tight end Mark Andrews and running backs J.K. Dobbins and Gus Edwards.

Coach John Harbaugh did not address the media Tuesday, so there was no further update on Bateman’s status. Speaking on SiriusXM NFL Radio later Tuesday afternoon, Harbaugh said that Bateman suffered a groin injury.

Ravens wide receiver Rashod Bateman (12) is assisted off the field after suffering an injury during drills Tuesday morning.

Camp continued to take a toll on the team’s depth. Just minutes before Bateman’s injury, cornerback Khalil Dorsey went inside with an apparent injury to his arm/shoulder area. And cornerback Iman Marshall and inside linebacker Otaro Alaka walked into the building, but that appeared to be more heat-related.

The offensive line practiced without three projected starters in left tackle Ronnie Stanley (left ankle), center Bradley Bozeman (strain) and right guard Kevin Zeitler (foot sprain). Stanley made his camp debut Monday since breaking and dislocating the ankle during a 28-24 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Nov. 1, and Bozeman left practice early Monday with what Harbaugh characterized as a strain.

Brown (hamstring), Miles Boykin (hamstring) and fellow wideout Deon Cain (unspecified), tight end Nick Boyle (left knee surgery), cornerback Jimmy Smith (low right ankle sprain) and defensive back Nigel Warrior (bone bruise in knee) were also absent.

Defensive end Calais Campbell and outside linebacker Pernell McPhee returned to practice after what seemed to be a veteran day off.

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Ravens cornerback Marlon Humphrey (44) catches a ball during drills Tuesday morning.

Testing Humphrey

Marlon Humphrey is widely considered one of the top cornerbacks in the NFL, but that did not dissuade the Ravens quarterbacks from testing his ability to cover.

Humphrey, a two-time Pro Bowler, was targeted four consecutive times during a full-team exercise and lived up to his reputation by preventing a single completion. First, he broke up a pass from Jackson intended for James Proche II, and fellow wideout Sammy Watkins was flagged for offensive pass interference during that play. Then Watkins could not hang onto a back-shoulder fade against Humphrey.

Tyler Huntley took two more shots at Humphrey, who broke up another back-shoulder fade to Jaylon Moore and a throw to Moore on an out route to the left sideline.

Starting safety DeShon Elliott sounded incredulous that the offense targeted Humphery so often.

“If you try Marlo four times, you’re an idiot,” Elliott said. “What’s wrong with you? The fact that he was able to do that today and break it up every time, he gave us the energy like, ‘Let’s get it, bro. Let’s keep going. Let’s be great today.’”

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Chris Hewitt, the team’s pass defense coordinator and secondary coach, was more diplomatic in offering a suggestion. “I think Lamar needs to go throw to the other side then,” he said.

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Edwards had ‘tough’ days during bout with COVID

Gus Edwards returned to camp Friday after the running back was forced to miss the first seven practices after being placed on the Ravens’ Reserve/COVID-19 list on the eve of camp. He acknowledged the severity of his bout with the coronavirus.

“I had three days that were real tough,” he said. “But I think I did pretty well. It wasn’t too bad. I was able to train a couple times, and I just tried to stay in tune as much as I could not being in the building.”

Indeed, the 6-1 Edwards has shown off a more svelte appearance this summer. But he insisted that he is just slightly under his listed playing weight of 238 pounds and is in no danger of losing the “Gus the Bus” nickname he earned as a battering ram in the offense’s rushing philosophy.

“I think I’m in a good spot right now,” he said.

Edwards’ conditioning despite a 10-day stay on the COVID-19 list did not go unnoticed by running backs coach Craig Ver Steeg.

“Really impressed with the kind of shape he’s in,” he said. “You don’t get there without doing something during those 10 days.”


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