As thrilling because the acquistion of All-Pro inside linebacker Roquan Smith by way of commerce was for the Baltimore Ravens on Monday, October 31, 2022, the group bought some unlucky information on the damage entrance.
Per head coach John Harbaugh, the offense and quarterback Lamar Jackson will likely be with out prime vast receiver Rashod Bateman for a short time after he reaggravated a foot damage that brought on him to missed a pair of video games in Weeks 5 and 6 within the group’s Week 8 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
“Bateman’s a little bit more disappointing in the sense that after the game they thought it was kind of a tweak, but there’s a little more there from a strain standpoint. So, conversations will be had,” Harbaugh mentioned in a press convention on October 31, 2022. “It looks like it’s going to be a few weeks for him. We’ll have more to report on that later in the week.”
After enjoying 36 offensive snaps upon his preliminary return in Week 7, Bateman was restricted to only 13 snaps this previous Thursday and was solely focused as soon as on a deep shot down the best sideline that fell incomplete. He ranks third on the group in receiving yards (285), receiving touchdowns (three), and leads them yards per catch (19).
With Bateman out, the Ravens may lastly be prepared to offer one in all their lately signed observe squad vast receivers a shot with an elevation on sport day. Former three-time Pro Bowler DeSean Jackson has “looked good at practice” since formally signing with the group and nonetheless possesses the blazing velocity to assist make up for the vertical large-play risk that their 2021 first rounder supplies when wholesome.
“Let’s preface it by saying he is 36 years old, but he’s a good looking 36,” Harbaugh mentioned. “He’s working round a bit bit. He’s a risk. I feel he most likely seems like he’s able to go. If he’s, he may very well be on the market.
“We’d love to see him make some big plays. That would be the hope. He can do all the other things, too. He still can run.”
The Ravens nonetheless have expertise on energetic roster at receiver that stepped up in Bateman’s absence in Week 8 and is able to doing the identical going ahead. All-purpose weapon Devin Duvernay can affect the sport as receiver, rusher, and returner. Veteran Demarcus Robinson is an efficient possession receiver that may make defenders miss in open area. Third-year professional James Proche generally is a constant chain mover out of the slot and has seen his enjoying improve as of late.
Gus Edwards And Mark Andrews Not Ruled Out For Week 9
While the Ravens are slated to be with out their prime wideout for a number of weeks, their prime working again that additionally bought banged up in opposition to the Buccaneers may not even miss one. Over the weekend, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported that the fifth-yr professional was not anticipated to overlook prolonged time if any with a hamstring damage, and based on head coach John Harbaugh, the wheels on the Gus Bus is perhaps able to roll for the group’s subsequent sport.
“He’ll be day-to-day probably,” Harbaugh mentioned. “We’ll see about the Monday night game, he’ll have a chance. It’s a mild hamstring. We’ll see how it goes.”
The Ravens will likely be again on the highway and in primetime in Week 9 after they face the New Orleans Saints in a venue very close to and pricey to their franchise within the Caesars Superdome which was named Mercedez-Benz Superdome with the 2012 group gained Superbowl 47. In addition to Edwards not being dominated out for the sport on Monday Night Football, All-Pro tight finish Mark Andrews nonetheless has an opportunity to play too.
He left the sport in opposition to Tampa within the first half and didn’t return after being dominated out with a shoulder damage. The two-time Pro Bowler is Jackson’s most trusted targets and leads the group in targets (64), receptions (42), receiving yards (488), and touchdowns (5).
“Andrews still looks like it’s not a major thing,” Harbaugh mentioned. “It’s something that he’s dealing with like a lot of guys do, but I think he’ll be okay.”
Tyus Bowser and David Ojabo Will Be Activated
When the Ravens return to observe on Wednsaday, each outdoors linebackers will likely be activated and particpating based on Harbaugh. There’s robust probability that Bowser who led the group in sacks final season might make his 2022 debut this up coming week in opposition to the Saints.
“They’ll both be activated and available. We’ll see what happens,” Harbaugh mentioned. “I think Tyus will be ready to play, for sure. It really kind of comes back to Tyus saying, ‘I’m going.’ He wants to be mentally ready to go. He has targeted this game, so we’ll see. I’m kind of counting on him, to be honest with you.”
While Bowser is a sixth-yr veteran that’s been across the block and suffered his torn Achellies a couple of months earlier than Ojabo who’s a primary-yr professional that by no means even bought a to swimsuit up within the preseason.
“We’ll see where he’s at with it in terms of being ready,” Harbaugh mentioned. “He’s a rookie, however he would even be attainable so far as enjoying within the sport.
“We’ve got to get him out there to practice more and see what he looks like. He hasn’t really been in any team period yet. We’ve got to take a look at the team period, look at how much he knows of the defense.”
The Ravens move rush has been heating up as of late and is highlighted by veteran outdoors linebacker Justin Houston and his group-main six sacks that he has accumlated in 5 video games. They even have veteran Jason Pierre-Paul and second-yr professional Odafe Oweh who’ve constantly disruptive as properly. Their inside defensive linemen have been producing constant strain and have accounted for 7.5 of the group’s 23 whole sacks and 16 of their 42 quarterback hits based on Pro Football Reference.