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Baltimore Ravens top rookie Rashod Bateman will undergo groin surgery

Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Rashod Bateman will undergo groin surgery a procedure that will sideline him into the start of the 2021 NFL season.

Bateman, the 27th pick in the 2201 NFL Draft, suffered the injury this week during practice. After sitting out multiple days and meeting with doctors, the team determined that its top receiver needs a procedure to correct the issue.

Speaking to reporters on Thursday, head coach John Harbaugh announced that Bateman will undergo surgery and he is expected to return at some point in September.

Adam Hutchison, an injury analyst and doctor of physical therapy, tweeted the typical timeline for a return is 4-6 weeks.

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It’s safe to assume Bateman will miss Week 1 on the Ravens’ schedule, an opener on Monday Night Football against the Las Vegas Raiders. The team then faces the Kansas City weeks on Sept. 19, a six-day turnaround that may still not be quite enough time for the rookie to return.

Based on the team’s timetable, Bateman should at least return to the field by Week 3. But considering the practice time missed and the inability to play in preseason games, it will likely take him time to develop chemistry with Lamar Jackson.