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Rashod Bateman injury news, updates ahead of 2023 NFL season

We update you on the latest news surrounding Rashod Bateman heading into the 2023 NFL season with fantasy football analysis.

Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Rashod Bateman (12) catches a pass for a touchdown against Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Mike Hilton (21) in the first half at Paul Brown Stadium. Katie Stratman-USA TODAY Sports

Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Rushed Bateman has been expected to take the leap as WR1 for the Ravens since he was drafted, but injuries have knocked him off that a bit. It’s surprising to see that as he didn't deal with any injuries in college. Quarterback Lamar Jackson has made it known that Bateman is his WR1 and this should be a breakout year for him.

Rashod Bateman’s injury

Injury suffered: Pedal Lisfranc Sprain
When it happened: 10/2/22

It was expected that Bateman was considered week-to-week after suffering this injury. Head coach John Harbaugh didn’t expect him to be out long but after a month, Bateman decided to get surgery which put him out for the rest of the season. He played just seven games in the season.

Latest training camp updates

Bateman was reinstated from the PUP list on August 9th and has returned to limited work. He should be ready to go by Week 1, but it would be good to see him get some work in preseason games first.

2023 Fantasy football outlook

Bateman is a wild card for the 2023 season. Like I said above, Jackson has been outspoken that Bateman is his WR1 and he can’t wait to open up the offense with him. This will be the first year that Bateman plays under Todd Monken which should help him a ton. The Ravens will throw the ball much more this season and if Bateman can stay on the field, he’ll easily put up career-high numbers. I would take Bateman if I was able to get him in the middle rounds of my fantasy draft.