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Harbaugh says Perriman's return remains uncertain

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Harbaugh says Perriman's return remains uncertain

OWINGS MILLS – Coach John Harbaugh did not have an updated timetable for wide receiver Breshad Perriman’s return, after he missed another practice Thursday. Perriman has not practiced since the first workout of training camp July 29th, when he suffered a knee injury after falling hard making a diving catch.

“I’m asking, too,” Harbaugh said. “It’s just slower healing than they expected. Really don’t have a timetable right now. That’s all I really have to say about it.” 

The Ravens expected Perriman to be their primary deep threat when they drafted him in the first round. While that could still happen, the longer Perriman sits, the more difficult it will be for him to catch up once he returns.

The Ravens’ offense can’t dwell on Perriman’s absence as preparation continues for the regular season. Both Harbaugh and quarterback Joe Flacco remain supportive of Perriman, believing in his talent and work ethic.

“It’s disappointing, but that’s the name of the game,” Flacco said of Perriman’s injury. “That’s football. You have to deal with injuries. I think he’s doing a great job dealing with his, trying to get back out here, but it takes time. I wish we had him out. I think he’s an awesome talent who’s going to help us out a lot. He’s not going to help us out if he can’t run. So we got to get him out here. When he does get out here, I think we’ll be able to rely on him.”

Flacco said the time he spent throwing to Perriman during the spring and early summer should help in rebuilding their chemistry. Perriman participated in minicamps, but he has been out since the first practice of training camp.

“Like I said, I think he’s very talented,” Flacco said. “He can run, he can catch, he’s big, he’s physical. A lot of positive things. I felt good about throwing him the ball. Just excited to be back at it, whenever that might be. 

“We’ve been going at it a long time now. He’s going to get back, get in shape. It’s not like he’s just been hurt. He’s been missing a ton of time out there, running with pads on. Getting in football shape. It’s going to be up to him to get back out there and tryto do that as quick as possible. When you’re dealing with guys that are pretty talented, it doesn’t take a ton of time to get in sync with each other.”

However, it remained uncertain when Flacco and Perriman would be on the practice field together again.

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Baltimore Ravens' 2018 regular season matchups, dates and times

Baltimore Ravens' 2018 regular season matchups, dates and times

We've known the Ravens' 2018 preseason and regular season opponents for some time now, but the NFL finally released their full schedule with exact dates and times.

As they do every year, the Ravens will be seeing the Bengals, Steelers and Browns twice. 

For the ninth consecutive year, Week 16 and 17 will be divisional games with playoff implications.

The Ravens will also be playing in the Pro Football Hall of Fame preseason game against the Chicago Bears in Canton, Ohio, bringing an extra preseason game to their schedule.

In the regular season, the birds will be flocking south to take on the Panthers, Falcons and Titans. They haven't seen the Panthers or Falcons since 2014 - both ending in wins - and came up just short against the Titans in their 23-20 loss last season.

The Ravens will only have to travel to the west coast once when they take on the Los Angeles Chargers, who they last saw in 2015 and earned a 29-26 win.

Not including AFC North rivals, the last time the Ravens saw their remaining five home opponents they came away with wins. Hopefully history will repeat itself.

Prime-time games, which the Ravens have two of, will kick off at earlier times than in the past. Monday Night Football will now start at 8:15 p.m. while Thursday and Sunday Night Football will start at 8:20 p.m.

Ravens 2018 Regular-Season Schedule:

Week 1: Sunday, 9/9 vs. Bills, 1:00 p.m.

Week 2: Thursday, 9/13 @ Bengals, 8:20 p.m.

Week 3: Sunday, 9/23 vs. Broncos. 1:00 p.m.

Week 4: Sunday, 9/30 @ Steelers, 8:20 p.m.

Week 5: Sunday, 10/7 @ Browns, 1:00 p.m.

Week 6: Sunday 10/14 @ Titans, 4:25 p.m.

Week 7: Sunday, 10/21 vs. Saints, 4:05 p.m.

Week 8: Sunday 10/28 @ Panthers, 1:00 p.m.

Week 9: Sunday 11/4 vs. Steelers, 1:00 p.m.

Week 10:  BYE week

Week 11: Sunday 11/18 vs. Bengals, 1:00 p.m.

Week 12: Sunday 11/25 vs. Raiders, 1:00 p.m.

Week 13: Sunday 12/2 @ Falcons, 1:00 p.m.

Week 14: Sunday 12/9 @ Chiefs, 1:00 p.m.

Week 15: Sunday 12/16 vs. Buccaneers, 1:00 p.m.

Week 16: Saturday 12/22 or Sunday 12/23 @ Chargers, TBD

Week 17: Sunday 12/30 vs. Browns, 1:00 p.m.


PRESEASON 

Hall of Fame Game: Thurs., 8/2, vs. Chicago Bears (Canton, OH), 8:00pm (NBC).

Week 1: Thurs., 8/9, vs. Los Angeles Rams

Week 2: Mon. 8/20,  at Indianapolis Colts (Monday Night Football, ESPN).

Week 3: at Miami Dolphins*

Week 4: Thurs., 8/30 at Washington Redskins

* - Game date and time not yet determined

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As 2018 NFL Draft approaches, Ravens to host QB Lamar Jackson per report

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As 2018 NFL Draft approaches, Ravens to host QB Lamar Jackson per report

With 10 days until the 2018 NFL Draft, quarterback Lamar Jackson is set to visit the Ravens this week, per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. 

The former Heisman Trophy winner is a projected first-round pick as he has proven to have success in the air and on the ground. 

While at Louisville, Jackson had 9,043 passing yards and 69 touchdowns. He also rushed for 4,132 yards and 50 touchdowns. His NFL draft profile compares him to Michael Vick. 

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The Ravens are in search of Joe Flacco's successor, but spending a first-round pick on a quarterback when there are other glaring needs is up in the air. However, assistant general manager Eric DeCosta isn't ruling out the possibility

"I feel like if there is a guy there that we think is really too good to pass up, we're going to take him," DeCosta told the team's website on the chance of drafting a quarterback in the first-round.

At their pre-draft press conference, GM Ozzie Newsome and DeCosta kept reiterating we could be surprised by who they pick at No. 16, if they do at all. 

While Jackson's numbers are impressive, he continues to be considered a late first-round pick as his build isn't up to typical NFL QB standards and scouts are concerned with his accuracy. What he does have in his favor is speed.

While fans are hoping for an offensive weapon, having Jackson learn under Flacco for a year (and maybe RGIII?) could rev up some excitement. 

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