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Ravens WR Rashod Bateman ‘close’ to returning from foot injury; coach John Harbaugh optimistic about RB health

Ravens wide receiver Rashod Bateman is “close” to returning after missing two straight games with a sprained left foot, coach John Harbaugh said Monday.

Bateman, who leads the team’s wide receivers in receiving yards (243) and yards per catch (22.1), hurt his foot in the Ravens’ Week 4 loss to the Buffalo Bills. He’s missed the past two weeks of practice, but Harbaugh indicated that his ramp-up could begin this week.

“He’s close,” Harbaugh said. “We’re close on a lot of guys. I’m looking forward to all of those guys being back, but we’ll be talking about him this week.”

The Ravens need a boost at the position ahead of Sunday’s game against the Cleveland Browns. Devin Duvernay is the team’s only other wide receiver with over 100 yards. Demarcus Robinson has nine catches for 76 yards, Tylan Wallace has three catches for 21 yards and James Proche II has one catch for 7 yards.

After weeks of bad injury luck, the Ravens avoided significant setbacks in Sunday’s loss to the New York Giants. Right tackle Morgan Moses sat out the second half with a heel injury that Harbaugh said was “not serious.”

“He could’ve come back and played in the game,” Harbaugh said. “We decided … to make sure that we play it safe with him. I expect him to be practicing at some point this week, and we’ll see how he is for Sunday.”

J.K. Dobbins, whose surgically repaired left knee Harbaugh said “tightened up” Sunday, is not expected to undergo further testing on the injury. Fellow running back Gus Edwards (knee), who returned to practice nearly two weeks ago, is also “in the mix” to return for Sunday’s game, Harbaugh said, while Justice Hill (hamstring) is “coming back soon.”

The Ravens also have Kenyan Drake, who had 10 carries for 119 yards and a touchdown with Dobbins limited (seven carries for 15 yards).

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