Bates tore his ACL on Sunday, and the announcement that he'll be moved to IR is more of a formality. His absence leaves the
Bates exited Sunday's contest in the first quarter and it was confirmed Monday that his ACL was indeed torn. He'll assuredly be placed on injured reserve in the near future, and he'll hope to be ready to return by the start of the 2017 season.
Bates will not return to Monday's game against the Panthers after spraining his left knee, Mike Jones of The Washington Post reports.
Bates sustained the injury during the first quarter of the contest. While the severity of the sprain is unknown at this time, it is enough to keep him from returning. Bates primarily plays a special teams' role for the the club.