The Ravens entered the summer knowing they were going to lose Marcus Peters to free agency and thus opening a rather large hole in their secondary. Baltimore still boasted Marlon Humphrey, but reinforcements were going to be needed.
The Flock Mob decided to sign veteran cornerback Rock Ya-Sin to a one-year deal earlier this offseason to fill that void, expecting to align the former Raiders CB opposite Humphrey.
Recent training camp developments have painted a different story, though, with Ya-Sin showing some physicality but struggling on coverage at times, opening the door for other corners to earn a serious chance at snatching the CB2 role from the veteran's paws.
Then, on Wednesday, Ya-Sin went down injured and had to leave The Castle earlier after suffering what was labeled a "lower-body" injury with nobody having a real assessment of its severity. Kris Rhim of The Baltimore Banner broke the news first from camp.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport gave some hope to the Ravens and their fans waiting for news on Thursday, reporting that after undergoing some tests the MRI results on Ya-Sin's knee showed no indication of a tear.
According to Rapoport, Ya-Sin is "dealing with some pain," although "structurally, [the knee] appears sound."
In the time Ya-Sin spent off the field on Wednesday and Thursday, all of the other corners in the squad stepped up their games and put on solid performances, according to Clifton Brown of BaltimoreRavens.com.
Clifton Brown reported following Wednesday's practice that "Arthur Maulet seized the opportunity for more reps, intercepting a pass," that "Marlon Humphrey got a gift interception when a pass from Lamar Jackson deflected off Nelson Agholor's hands," and that "Jalyn Armour-Davis was also active in coverage, getting valuable action and looking healthy."
Ya-Sin is not expected to miss much time while recovering from his injury scare, but all reps he is not taking are chances for other players to snatch the role from the veteran judging by the latest news coming out of Owings Mills.