Ravens WR Mike Thomas separates shoulder

Wed May 24 3:08pm ET
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Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Mike Thomas might require surgery after separating his shoulder during organized team activities on Wednesday, coach John Harbaugh said.

Thomas, 28, was signed to the practice squad last December and is on a one-year contract for the 2023 season. He's listed as third string on the team's WR depth chart.

Thomas has 30 career catches for 366 yards and a touchdown in 76 games (four starts) with the Los Angeles Rams (2016-19) and Cincinnati Bengals (2020-22). He was a sixth-round pick of the Rams in the 2016 draft.

Ravens top wideout Rashod Bateman returned during OTAs this week after a Lisfranc injury cut short his 2022 season. Bateman underwent foot surgery.

Bateman, 23, ended the 2022 season with 15 catches for 285 yards and two touchdowns in six games (five starts). Bateman had 46 catches for 515 yards and a TD in 12 games in 2021.

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Free-agent running back Cam Akers appears to be looking to return to the National Football League, with the 24-year-old posting a video on X of himself working out. Akers was once considered one of the NFL's most promising young players. His best season was in 2022, where he finished with 786 yards and seven touchdowns off 188 carries. Unfortunately, after struggling to remain healthy during his career, the Rams, the team he played on for four seasons, cut ties by trading him to Minnesota. Yet, he barely made a blip on the fantasy radar before the Vikings eventually declined to offer him a new contract. With that said, Akers could find himself on a new team for the 2024-25 campaign. However, while his talent has never been much of an issue, he won't do anything for fantasy managers if he can't stay on the field, no matter where he potentially signs.

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