Baltimore Ravens WR Sammy Watkins ruled out; Rashod Bateman in for Sunday's game vs. Los Angeles Chargers

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OWINGS MILLS (Md. Heading into Sunday's home match against the Los Angeles Chargers, there will be a change at wide receiver for Lamar Jackson, the Baltimore Ravens quarterback.

Sammy Watkins was injured in the hamstring and has been ruled out. Rashod Bateman will likely replace him. He is expected to make his NFL debut.

Watkins (the Ravens' third-leading receiving receiver) injured his hamstring during Monday's overtime victory over the Indianapolis Colts, 31-25. He didn't practice during the week.

Watkins' return is uncertain as he has had a difficult career. In the six previous seasons, he has missed 26 games.

"He could be back next weekend. Coach John Harbaugh stated that he could return the following week. It all depends on how fast the hamstring heals.

Harbaugh stated that he would expect Bateman to play with Watkins now. No. Bateman, the 27th overall pick, has been out for five games since he tore his right groin on August 10. Bateman has been training for three weeks.

Greg Roman, Ravens offensive coordinator, stated that he doesn't believe we will throw him in the fire for every play. Instead, he believes we will build him into our plan on a weekly basis. "Rashod will have a long, fruitful career. This is only the beginning."

Jackson will also play Sunday, after missing Thursday's practice due to illness.

Harbaugh stated, "Everything is okay," and added that Jackson has no lingering effects.