Ravens lose second-string cornerback to a season-ending injury

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The worst possible news was confirmed by coach John Harbaugh following Day 12 of training camp at the Under Armour Performance Center in Owings Mills, Md.: cornerback Trayvon Mullen is most probably going to miss the full 2023 season.

This puts a brochure to a saga that has been the absolute wildest and has lasted a few weeks with its most prominent and ridiculous chapters taking place through training camp.

The Ravens signed Mullen to a one-year deal last March. Then they placed him on the NFI a couple of days into training camp. Just one day later, the Ravens released him for "failing to disclose an injury." Baltimore followed that by re-signing him one day later.

Mullen, still a young 25-year-old player, underwent toe surgery which is expected to force him to miss multiple regular-season games and, in the worst (but probable) case scenario, the full 2023 regular season.

As quoted by Clifton Brown of BaltimoreRavens.com, Harbaugh said following Tuesday's practice "I can't say exactly if it's the whole season or not, but it's a pretty definitive toe surgery."

Adding wood to the cornerback fire, Brown also reported that Harbaugh revealed "Arthur Maulet, who has not practiced this week, is dealing with a sore hamstring." The Ravens signed free agent and former Pittsburgh Steeler Maulet on the verge of training camp to bolster their cornerback rotation and mainly to play at the nickel position.

These two injuries, one for the season and the other one not expected to drag into the regular-season schedule, join the one suffered by Rock Ya-Sin midway through last week.

Ya-Sin's injury is more worrying in terms of the impact it could have on the Ravens' starting secondary, as Ya-Sin was signed by Baltimore to start opposite CB1 Marlon Humphrey after Marcus Peters was let go as a free agent.

At least for the time being, Trayvon Mullen (who is the cousin of Lamar Jackson) will remain on the reserve/non-football injury list. The last time he played he did so for the Dallas Cowboys after splitting time through the 2022 season with the Cowboys and the Arizona Cardinals.

Mullen was originally drafted by the Oakland Raiders in 2019, an organization he went on to play for three years appearing in 37 games.

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