The Baltimore Ravens made an important, surprising for his suddenness, and impactful roster move ahead of training camp by reactivating third-year wideout Rashod Bateman, the franchise announced on Sunday.
The former first-round pick was activated from the Reserve/Did Not Report list just in time for the start of the Ravens' training camp. Players are scheduled to report on Tuesday, July 25, with activities scheduled to start on Wednesday, July 26.
Bateman was put on such a list two days before this latest development when he reportedly failed to report to camp in time along with other veterans.
Baltimore Ravens' GM Eric DeCosta said that he had "spoken to Rashod and we expect him here very soon" on Friday following the announcement of Bateman's failure to report and subsequent demotion to the R/DNR list.
The reason behind Bateman's failure to report last week is still unknown, though it's fair to assume that media members present in the Ravens' training camp later this week will throw some questions toward the wide receiver in order for him to clarify what's going on.
It's also worth remembering that during the earlier organized team activities this offseason, Bateman was a limited participant due to the foot injury that ended his 2022 season in November. Making things worse, Bateman suffered a setback during minicamp leading up to a cortisone shot in the same foot.
Bateman is coming off a six-game season in 2022 before undergoing surgery and getting ruled out for the remainder of last year with a few games to go, including the postseason loss against the Bengals.
For the good or the bad, depending on Bateman's anticipated explanation of what happened last weekend, this news will be welcomed by the Flock Nation as they put an end to any sort of wild speculation and conspiracy theories that might be brewing in the darkest places.