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Ravens WR Rashod Bateman had successful core-muscle surgery in Philadelphia on Friday, according to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero. HC John Harbaugh reportedly still hopes to get the rookie back “sometime in September.” Bateman’s absence to open the season helps the outlook for both Marquise Brown and Sammy Watkins.

ESPN's Jamison Hensley reports that Ravens WR Rashod Bateman will have surgery on his groin. HC John Harbaugh reportedly says the rookie will be back "sometime in September." We'll see about that as the return gets closer. For now, Bateman probably has to fall down draft boards. He had been performing well in camp, but WR Sammy Watkins has also drawn positive reviews from OC Greg Roman. Bateman's situation certainly adds upside to Watkins as a late fantasy pick.

Ravens HC John Harbaugh confirmed on Wednesday that "it's going to be weeks" before WR Rashod Bateman can return from his groin injury. Harbaugh added that he's "still hopeful" the rookie will be ready for Week 1. Translation: Bateman is iffy for the start of the season. And considering the training camp and preseason reps he's going to miss, he probably won't be a guy that we can trust in fantasy lineups until October at the earliest.

Ravens WR Rashod Bateman "at the very least will be considered week-to-week" with the groin injury suffered in Tuesday's practice, NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reports. "Evaluations are ongoing and it’s too early to know whether he’ll be sidelined to start the regular season," Garafolo adds. So the 1st-round rookie will, at minimum, miss a bunch of valuable training-camp reps and likely the entire preseason. And it sounds like there's a chance that he's not ready for Week 1. We'll keep an eye on Bateman's rehab, but you should only consider him a late-round flier in fantasy drafts now. WR Sammy Watkins might enter the season with a big role in this passing game.

Ravens WR Rashod Bateman left Tuesday morning's practice with an apparent leg injury. According to Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic: "Bateman pulled up while running a slant against [CB Marcus] Peters and then fell immediately to ground. Walked to building with pronounced limp." We'll definitely keep watch for more on this developing situation.

Update: Bateman is dealing with a "soft-tissue injury," according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. "He’ll have tests and the severity isn’t known," Rapoport adds. We'll pass along an update on the rookie when we get one.

Ravens WR Marquise Brown (hamstring) missed his 7th straight training-camp practice on Saturday. He was at least spotted doing some conditioning work off to the side. "You don't want to come back and re-injure it, as we've seen before," HC John Harbaugh said. We're still over a month away from the start of the season, but it'd be nice to see Brown string a few healthy weeks together before Week 1.

Ravens QB Lamar Jackson was activated from the COVID list on Friday. He tested positive for the virus in late July and had to spend 10 days on the COVID list as an unvaccinated player. Jackson still has over a month to get ready for the season opener. But the fact that he's unvaccinated does add some risk to his 2021 fantasy profile.

Ravens RB Gus Edwards has been activated from the COVID list. He missed the first 10 days of training camp after contracting the virus. We'll keep an eye on Edwards, but he should be ready to rock come Week 1 as the 1B to J.K. Dobbins' 1A.

Ravens WR Marquise Brown is sidelined with a hamstring injury. HC John Harbaugh said it's "a little more serious" than he was told initially. We'll see exactly how serious and how long Brown is out. Rookie WR Rashod Bateman also missed Monday's practice with what Harbaugh called "muscle tightness." Sammy Watkins has been Baltimore's best WR in camp so far according to multiple sources.

Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic writes that Ravens WR Sammy Watkins looks “fresh, explosive, motivated and more importantly, healthy” early in training camp. Zrebiec also noted his the veteran’s ability to get open and make plays “all over the field.” This jives with OC Greg Roman’s recent comment about Watkins being “one of the best receivers in the NFL.” Volume is an obvious concern for the run-heavy Ravens. Watkins, though, is essentially free as the WR77 in FFPC best balls.

The Saints reached a 1-year deal with RB Devonta Freeman on Saturday, following a tryout for the veteran. Freeman obviously won't challenge the roles of Alvin Kamara or Latavius Murray, but figures to compete with Tony Jones Jr., Dwayne Washington and rookie Stevie Scott for a spot behind them. Freeman averaged just 3.2 yards per rush over 54 carries with the Giants last year and made a stop on Buffalo's practice squad before getting to New Orleans. He turned 29 in March.

The Ravens have reached a 1-year deal with EDGE Justin Houston. The veteran spent the past 2 years with the Colts, tallying 19 sacks. He should be in for a starting role on a Baltimore defense that let Matt Judon walk in free agency. The move to Baltimore will likely change his position designation from DE to LB on many fantasy-league hosting sites.

Ravens WR Marquise Brown left practice early Thursday, with the training staff assessing a leg injury. HC John Harbaugh told reporters afterward, though, that the team was just being cautious. "Not serious. Probably more precautionary than anything," Harbaugh said. "Just making sure the muscle health continues to be there early in camp and just build him up to the reps we want to get him to." We'll watch for Brown's return, but don't adjust your outlook for him at this point.

Let's just let ESPN's Adam Schefter explain why the Ravens will practice Wednesday without their starting QB: "Lamar Jackson is not practicing today in a COVID-related case the league still is trying to process, per Jamison Hensley and me. Jackson, who tested positive on Thanksgiving, had another test that NFL officials flagged. NFL now going through science, and Ravens awaiting answers." We'll see where this situation goes. It's impossible to tell at the moment whether this is something that will only cost Jackson a day or 2 -- or an issue we should be concerned about. Jackson, of course, had the positive test last November that cost him a game. But we hadn't heard of any related issues since. For now, we're not adjusting Jackson's fantasy outlook.

Ravens RB Gus Edwards has COVID and will miss the 1st 10 days of camp, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Edwards’ absence is good news for Justice Hill and any other Baltimore RB hoping to raise his profile. It can’t hurt J.K. Dobbins’ standing either. We’re not adjusting our fantasy outlook for Edwards or Dobbins at this point, though

According to Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic, Ravens WR Rashod Bateman has given the Ravens, “every reason to believe he’ll be a significant contributor from Day 1.” Zrebiec adds that Bateman “hasn’t looked like a rookie.” It's tough to expect consistent fantasy contributions given a run-heavy offense and the presence of Mark Andrews, Marquise Brown and Sammy Watkins. But there’s a real chance that Bateman’s role grows as the season rolls along. He's heavily discounted with a WR62 price in FFPC best ball drafts.

The Ravens and RB Gus Edwards have agreed to a 2-year, $10 million extension, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. He's now signed through the 2023 season and is the league's 15th-highest-paid RB in terms of average annual salary. It's a well-deserved raise for a guy who's averaged 5.2 yards on 414 carries over his first 3 NFL seasons. Edwards has ranked 19th, 20th and 28th in Elusive Rating those 3 years. He'll continue to play a bigger role for the Ravens than J.K. Dobbins owners would like to see.

Ravens OC Greg Roman believes RB J.K. Dobbins can be a "viable weapon in the passing game ... That's something we're working on diligently every day -- a threat out of the backfield." We don't doubt that Dobbins can be an asset as a pass-catcher. He tallied 71 receptions over 3 seasons at Ohio State. The question is whether the Ravens will actually get him more action in that department. Dobbins saw just 24 targets last year -- and Ravens RBs combined for just 50. That number checked in at 51 back in 2019, QB Lamar Jackson's first full season as starter. For perspective, 17 RBs topped 51 targets by themselves last year. So file this under "believe it when we see it." If Dobbins truly did take on a significant passing-game role this season, though, he'd be a strong bet for a RB1 finish.

The Ravens selected WR Tylan Wallace in Round 4 of the 2021 NFL Draft. Wallace has 1 of the strongest production profiles in this year’s WR class. He posted a huge 86-1,491-12 line as a true sophomore in 2018, accounting for 37% of Oklahoma State’s receiving yards and 36% of the TDs. He was on a similar pace through the first 8 games of 2019, averaging 6.6 catches, 113 yards and 1 TD per contest. But Wallace tore his right ACL in practice that October. He was ready for the start of last season and was productive again, averaging 5.9 catches, 92 yards and .6 TDs per game. The concerns? Wallace is on the small side at 5’11, 194 pounds with below-average athleticism. That’s more concerning since he did a lot of his damage in college in contested situations. He probably won’t be as effective in that department in the NFL. And he’s just a mediocre route runner. Then there’s the ACL. Wallace has the 1 tear behind him -- and his twin brother has torn his ACL 3 times. It makes Wallace genetically more likely to suffer another ACL injury in the future. He joins a run-heavy Baltimore offense that boasts Marquise Brown, Mark Andrews and Round 1 pick Rashod Bateman. Wallace is certainly a long-shot for year 1 fantasy value.

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The Ravens chose Penn State DE Jayson Oweh with the 31st pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. Much has been made of Oweh finishing 2020 with 0 sacks. But he still earned 1st-team All-Big Ten honors while collecting 6.5 tackles for loss in 7 games. Oweh’s biggest selling point, though, looks like his raw athleticism. He ran an absurd 4.37-second 40 at nearly 6’5 and 257 pounds. Even if you add the .05-second pro day adjustment, Oweh still generates the 2nd-best speed score among all edge prospects over the past 5 years (behind only Montez Sweat). Landing in Baltimore figures to mean an LB designation for Oweh in IDP leagues.

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