4. We know: J.K. Dobbins and Rashod Bateman are 100% and ready to go
This is an old story already and you know all of the details by now.
J.K. Dobbins entered the training camp nursing an injury, stayed put on the PUP list for most of the summer, but then miraculously "recovered" from it and hit the training facilities with the rest of his teammates. Call it ending a hold-in if you wish.
Rashod Bateman was on a similar, only in his case real, situation through most of the summer. He also had to forfeit the largest part of training camp while recovering from Lisfranc foot surgery. He finally returned ahead of the last preseason game but was reasonably left out of it.
Now, entering Week 1 of the 2023 NFL regular season, both playmakers are available and ready to go at full speed against the Houston Texans.
"[Bateman] looks full speed ready to go,” John Harbaugh said following Friday's practice, per Clifton Brown of BaltimoreRavens.com.
Bateman answered those comments by saying that he is "excited" and "in a good place," while adding that the team is "in a good spot." The third-year wideout was expected to be named the WR1 of the team, but he was demoted a notch in favor of Odell Beckham in the team's unofficial depth chart ahead of Week 1.
Dobbins was removed from the PUP list in mid-August but he has yet to take the field for the first time this summer. The running back was able to run some drills, practice by himself, and ultimately join his teammates late last month. He was named RB1 by the franchise ahead of Gus Edwards in the depth chart after Edwards took that role through the preseason.
Asked about Dobbins' availability for Sunday's opener, Harbaugh said "We don’t have any concern about how many snaps J.K. has had to this point. He’s had enough. He’s ready to go." Expect a full workload.