OWINGS MILLS – News and notes from the Ravens’ practice on Friday, August 7:
- Rookie wide receiver Breshad Perriman (knee) was still not on the field.
The Ravens downplayed the impact of Perriman missing his seventh straight practice. But it’s a setback anytime a rookie misses that many reps. If Perriman is going to be an impact rookie, he needs to run crisp routes and build chemistry with quarterback Joe Flacco. Offensive coordinator Marc Trestman said after practice that he believed Perriman would make the adjustment.
“He’s a smart young man,” Trestman said. “He’s not going to get behind learning the offense.”
However, the more time Perriman misses, the more catching up he will have to do.
- After Thursday’s physical practice, plenty of players missed Friday.
In all, 20 of the 90 players on the roster did not practice Friday. A host of veterans were given the day off by coach John Harbaugh, including Steve Smith, Daryl Smith, Terrell Suggs, Chris Canty, and Lardarius Webb.
Those not practicing due to injuries included CB Chris Greenwood (hamstring), G Kelechi Osemele (foot), TE Maxx Williams (eye), CB Tray Walker (hamstring), DE DeAngelo Tyson (undisclosed), LB Zach Thompson (undisclosed), DE Brent Urban (undisclosed), and two players who were banged up during Thursday’s practice – offensive linemen John Urschel and Robert Myers.
Harbaugh said Thursday that Urschel and Myers would be checked for possible concussions. However, Friday was not Harbaugh’s day at the podium, so he gave no injury updates.
- With Brown, Perriman, and Steve Smith not on the field, all the wide receivers got extra reps.
Wide receiver Trent Steelman, just signed last week, made a nice grab on a sideline throw that drew cheers from the crowd. Michael Campanaro made a couple of nice catches, using his shiftiness to get open. Flacco was putting passes on the money, and backup Matt Schaub had one of his best training camp days throwing the football.