Lamar Jackson's cousin expected to miss full 2023 season

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The Trayvon Mullen saga delivered a new chapter on Friday evening when the Baltimore Ravens announced his placement on the Reserve/Non-Football Injury list in a move retroactive to Thursday, Aug. 3.

The transaction leaves Mullen in a perilous situation in terms of his chances at playing next season, as most reporters and insiders out there think that he's done for next year.

This news wouldn't be big if it wasn't because 1) Mullen is the cousin of Ravens superstar QB Lamar Jackson and 2) Baltimore re-signed Mullen last March, then released him last week, re-resigned him again one day later, and now could very well re-release him ahead of next season.

Yes, you read all of the above right and all of it is facts.

On the last Friday of July, the Ravens released Friday for "failing to disclose an injury." They had originally signed the veteran cornerback back in March. Mullen was first placed on the NFI list and then released that Friday.

Surprisingly, less than 24 hours later, the Ravens re-signed the player once more to their roster. According to Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic, in a tweet published on Jul. 29, Baltimore re-signed Mullen, and the corner "was in the locker room following Saturday’s (Jul. 29) practice."

The same beat reporter, in a story published on The Athletic following last Friday's practice on Day 9 of the Ravens training camp, wrote that the latest transaction involving Mullen "likely means [he] will miss the season." Zrebiec noted that Mullen is "dealing with a toe/foot injury."

After this, the Ravens simply lost another warm body in their secondary and they will start to get a bit invested in exploring alternatives and veteran options available in the free-agent market during the next few weeks because the depth chart is starting to look rather thin with Mullen out for the year and Rock Ya-Sin expected to miss all pre-season.

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