After placing starting running back J.K. Dobbins on the active physically unable to perform list last Friday, the Ravens have used the same designation for another offensive standout entering training camp.
Returning from season-ending Lisfranc surgery for a left foot injury suffered last October, wide receiver Rashod Bateman remained limited in workouts this spring and received a cortisone shot in mid-June, which sidelined him for mandatory minicamp. The 6-foot-1, 197-pound wideout appears likely to miss the first week or two of camp practices as the organization exercises caution with his health. Bateman was initially placed on the reserve-did not report list on Friday, but he arrived in Owings Mills over the weekend with the absence believed to be related to his foot.
Unlike the conjecture about Dobbins’ absence from practice being driven by disenchantment over his contract rather than an injury concern, Bateman is aiming to get back to 100% as the Ravens added three-time Pro Bowl selection Odell Beckham Jr., first-round rookie Zay Flowers, and former first-round pick Nelson Agholor to the wide receiver position this offseason. Bateman has shown no shortage of flashes when healthy over his first two seasons, but he’s played in just 18 of a possible 35 games because of injuries, catching 61 passes for 800 yards and three touchdowns.
The University of Minnesota product joins Dobbins, fullback Patrick Ricard (hip), cornerback Damarion Williams (ankle), and wide receiver Mike Thomas (shoulder) on the active PUP list while outside linebacker Tyus Bowser (knee) is on the non-football injury list. Defensive tackled Rayshad Nichols passed his physical and is expected to come off the PUP list ahead of the start of full-squad practices on Wednesday.
Bateman going to the PUP list wasn’t the only piece of injury news on Monday as The Athletic reported long snapper Nick Moore recently suffered a torn Achilles tendon, which will presumably sideline him for the 2023 season. The Ravens worked out potential replacements in Owings Mills on Monday afternoon and are expected to sign veteran Tyler Ott, according to multiple reports. The 31-year-old spent parts of seven seasons with Seattle and was a 2020 Pro Bowl selection for the Seahawks.
The Ravens never seemed close to a reunion with three-time Pro Bowl cornerback Marcus Peters this offseason, but the door officially closed on that possibility with the 30-year-old officially signing a one-year deal with Las Vegas on Monday. Baltimore signed the 27-year-old Rock Ya-Sin to replace Peters in the starting defense in early May.
According to NFL Network, the Ravens are nearing an agreement to sign former Pittsburgh cornerback Arthur Maulet, who primarily played at slot cornerback and on special teams for the Steelers over the last two seasons.