Ravens lose another cornerback: Pepe Williams injured, Rashod Bateman limited

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During Thursday's training camp session in Owings Mills, Baltimore Ravens cornerback Damarion "Pepe" Williams went down injured suffering an issue that required him to be carted off the field. Williams walked into the facility afterward.

Coach Harbaugh said after practice that the injury isn't severe, but it highlighted once more the steady issues the Ravens are having at trying to keep their secondary healthy ahead of the 2023 season.

Harbaugh told Jeff Zrebiec of The Athetic that injures are "an issue," per BaltimoreRavens.com transcripts.

"It's an issue," Harbaugh said. "We've had those guys... they've kind of been in and out. You know 'Pepe' [Damarion Williams] is coming back. It's not a new injury or anything like that, but he's got to bring it back and get up to speed."

Harbaugh acknowledged that "these little tweaky things that keep happening to the guys, they're annoying, there's no doubt about it," adding that "the players are annoyed by it, too."

"Yes, we have to look at that for sure," Harbaugh finished.

The problem is starting to get serious, as both Jalyn Armour-Davis and Pepe Williams both faced practice limitations or straight left the training field at some point.

The competition for playing time at the corner is one of the hottest one this summer, especially given the absence of veteran cornerbacks Rock Ya-Sin and Arthur Maulet of late and once more on Thursday. Ya-Sin was signed to man the CB2 role opposite Marlon Humphrey and Arthur Maulet (if healthy) is projected to start at the nickel position.

In other news, Harbaugh said that WR Rashod Bateman's rehab is "very promising," according to Jonas Shaffer of The Baltimore Banner, although the wideout was once again limited to running some individual drills in practice Thursday.

"He's doing a great job, but we'll see as we go, but it's very promising right now," Harbaugh told reporters post-practice. "He looked good to me, and I'm excited to see him out there. Obviously, it's big for us."  

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