The Baltimore Ravens are not expecting Rashod Bateman to do much of anything during the final minicamp before training camp begins in over a month. Bateman is getting a cortisone shot to deal with the impacts of his Lisfranc surgery.
Baltimore Ravens news: John Harbaugh provides clarity on Rashod Bateman absence
Off of the cuff, the news sounds a touch concerning. First, Bateman needs all the time he can get practicing with Lamar Jackson after missing so much in his first two seasons. More than that, the team is installing a new offense. Of course, for a player dealing with injuries in the past, it also does not sound good to hear that he suffered a setback.
While the time cannot be made up, it is good to hear that John Harbaugh explained that the issue is not a setback at all.
The doctors are taking screws out of his foot. That sounds painful. The timing of them taking the screws out happened to line up with these weeks of OTAs, and this is a week that he should not be too active because the screws are coming out.
This makes sense considering he played on his healing foot during OTAs just last week, but now there are fears that he had a potential setback. This is certainly not a setback, and most people would agree that this sounds more like progression. If Bateman misses anytime in training camp, it would be an issue because after the screws are out in his foot there really is not anything holding him back.
The only issue will be the lost time that he cannot get back learning the Todd Monken offense. Zay Flowers and Odell Beckham are out there, and Nelson Agholor has stepped into the role that was designed for Rashod Bateman. This is good for all of them, and they all get a small leg up of having experience in the offense when they get to training camp.
Now, we will wait until training camp to see how the healing has gone, and how long it takes Bateman to get back to up to speed. As far as the medical side, this does not sound like a huge issue.