Baltimore Ravens WR Rashod Bateman injured his leg

Published on: November 4, 2022, 11:29 am.

Last updated: November 4, 2022, 11:29 am.

The Baltimore Ravens will be without top receiver Rashod Bateman for the rest of the season after he decided to undergo surgery to repair a Lisfranc injury in his left leg.

Rashod Bateman Foot Injury Surgery Baltimore Ravens
Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Rashod Bateman tackles Tampa Bay Bucs cornerback Zyon McCollum at Raymond James Stadium. (Image: Getty)

Bateman missed the start of his rookie season last year while recovering from groin surgery and has missed two games this season with a foot injury.

Bateman entered Week 8 as questionable on the injury report, but still started against the Tampa Bay Bucs. He lasted a few possessions before exiting the game in the second quarter.

Bateman decided to have surgery at the end of the season rather than wait to see if sitting out several weeks would improve the painful Lisfranc injury.

It’s one of those where it was up to him,” coach John Harbaugh said. “He and his agent and his family talked it over and decided it would be in his best interest to do it. We support him and understand what he’s doing.”

The Ravens have won two straight to improve to 5-3 on the season. All three losses were by a margin of four points or fewer.

The Ravens have the fifth-highest scoring offense in the NFL, averaging 26 points per game. Quarterback Lamar Jackson leads the second-leading offense in the league, which generates 165.6 yards per game. However, their poor passing game is a big concern after losing Bateman to injury. The Ravens have the eighth-lowest passing offense in the NFL, averaging 193.8 passing yards per game.

Bateman Dunzo with Lisfranc injury

Jackson is banking on tight end Mark Andrews as a favorite target. Andrews had a season-best 42 receptions, 488 yards and four touchdowns. However, Bateman was the Ravens’ top receiving option.

In six games this season, Bateman has caught just 15 passes for 285 yards and two touchdowns. He averages 19.0 yards per catch, which ranks 3rd in the NFL. Without Bateman, the Ravens lost their best deep-ball, big-play threat.

We have a lot of great guys in our receiving group,” Jackson said. “I have 100% full confidence in those guys. They will do something for us this season.”

Despite the Jackson prop, the Ravens lack experience at the wideout position with Demarcus Robinson as the lone veteran. Still, the little-used Robinson has just 15 receptions and one touchdown this season.

Devin Duvernay caught 24 passes and added three touchdowns. The third-year player from Texas lands as the No. 1 WR.

Tylan Wallace and James Proche II have combined for just seven catches this season, but could get more playing time.

The Ravens will promote DeSean Jackson from the practice squad. Jackson, 35, has been slowed by injuries in recent years, but the Ravens need all the help they can get.

“I’ve been in this league a long time and I’ve had a lot of success,” DeSean Jackson said. “If it’s my time, I’ll do what I have to do to help this team win games. This is all that matters.”

The Ravens could sign free agent Odell Beckham. Beckham played wide receiver for the Los Angeles Rams last season, but tore his ACL in the Super Bowl. He recovered from knee surgery and patiently waited for a team to call him.

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The 5-3 Ravens are in first place in the AFC North. The Cincinnati Bengals hold second place in the division with a 4-4 record, but are also without their best wide receiver. Ja’Marr Chase is out for several more weeks with a hip injury.

The Ravens and Bengals are battling for the division title and a potential playoff spot on the line, but don’t meet again until the final game of the season in Week 18. The Ravens are a -400 consensus favorite to win the AFC North. , while the Bengals have +450 odds.

The Ravens head to New Orleans to play the Saints in the Superdome Monday night football this week. Even with Bateman sidelined with a foot injury, the Ravens are the betting favorites and the Saints are +2 dogs at home. The Ravens are 3-4-1 against the spread this season.

The Ravens have a bye in Week 10, but face a weak schedule in the second half of the season against losing teams like the Carolina Panthers, Jacksonville Jaguars, Denver Broncos, Cleveland Browns and two games against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The Ravens are +1600 odds to win Super Bowl LVII, according to a recent DraftKings update. You can back the Ravens at +1000 odds to win the AFC Championship as the third largest favorite on the futures board.

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