Two things have defined the Baltimore Ravens offseason: Lamar Jackson signing a humongous deal worth $260 million to stay in Maryland for years to come, and the injury bug sliding into the Flock facilities and leaving the Ravens secondary ravaged.
In a plot twist for the good, the Ravens announced the return of three of their main defensive backs on Wednesday, for Day 21 of training camp, per Ryan Mink of BaltimoreRavens.com.
Rock Ya-Sin, who signed a contract with Baltimore earlier this offseason and is expected to be named the CB2 starter opposite CB1 Marlon Humphrey, returned to practice after missing three weeks of training camp and virutally the full month of August through last Tuesday.
Ya-Sin practiced without any problem along with the rest of his teammates and according to those reporting from The Castle it looks like he's past the knee injury he suffered earlier in camp and ready to go, perhaps even next Saturday in the preseason finale at Tampa Bay.
Coach John Harbaugh said that the returning cornerbacks, including Ya-Sin, Jalyn Armour-Davis, and Arthur Maulet, "have to go to work." He added that the trio will "have to keep picking up speed, to get their technique honed."
Another free-agency acquisition, former Pittsburgh Steelers nickelback Arthur Maulet, has completed his hamstring rehabilitation and practiced on Wednesday trying to retake a starting role defending the slot, one that seems to be now in possession of Ar'Darius Washington.
Finally, Jalyn Armour-Davis was also able to turn the page on his injury-ridden days and joined the group on Wednesday after missing the first two preseason games played earlier this month.
Marlon Humphrey remains out and is expected to miss at least the first two games of the regular season against the Houston Texans and the Cincinnati Bengals. Damarion "Pepe" Williams is also out recovering from ankle surgery.
Safety Geno Stone didn't practice on Wednesday, although Harbaugh said that he is "OK" and "just a little sore with the ankle," revealing that it was the coaches' decision to "hold him out."