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Rashaan Melvin to undergo surgical procedure to shoulder

Melvin should be back by OTAs and minicamp.

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Only one Ravens player is scheduled for an offseason surgery at this time and it's a relatively new member to the team.

Cornerback Rashaan Melvin, plucked off of the Dolphins practice squad in December, will have a surgical procedure done to his shoulder soon. At this time, Ravens coach John Harbaugh said he's the only player on the team dealing with such an issue.

"If everything goes well, he should be back for OTAs and for minicamp," Harbaugh told reporters on Tuesday. "I don't think we had any other surgeries at this time after the MRIs came in, so that's good news. It's the best we've probably been."

Melvin was about the zillionth cornerback the Ravens trotted out there this season after a rash of injuries left the unit depleted. Six defensive backs ended up on injured reserve, including starter Jimmy Smith (Lisfranc) and cornerback Asa Jackson (knee).

Melvin proved to be serviceable once he was put in, though he was picked on quite a bit against the Patriots this past Saturday. However, Melvin has some quality traits that could make him a solid project corner to work with in the next few seasons.