A former Minnesota wide receiver won’t play in the first few weeks of the NFL season.

The Baltimore Ravens placed Rashod Bateman on the injured reserve Wednesday afternoon after undergoing groin surgery, meaning he won’t be able to play until Week 4 at the earliest.

The Ravens selected Bateman with the 27th overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft after a successful three-year career for Minnesota. His best year as a Golden Gopher was in 2019 as a sophomore when he caught 60 passes for 1,219 yards and 11 touchdowns. As a senior in 2020, he totaled 472 yards on 36 receptions and caught two touchdowns en route to Third Team All-B1G honors.

Bateman’s recovery time was estimated at six-to-eight weeks, but Ravens coach John Harbaugh said he expects his rookie receiver to be back sometime in September. Either way, Golden Gopher fans will have to wait a few weeks to see Bateman on an NFL field.

Baltimore opens its season on Sept. 13 against the Las Vegas Raiders.