Here are three reasons why it seems particularly cruel that Ravens wide receiver Breshad Perriman is facing another potential season-ending knee injury:
1. Perriman’s father is recovering from a stroke suffered May 3.
Brett Perriman, a 50-year-old former NFL wide receiver, was transferred from a Miami area hospital to an Atlanta rehabilitation center several weeks ago. Earlier this month, Perriman tweeted about his father being transferred to rehab, writing, “My Ol Boy is starting Chapter 2 today. He’s leaving the hospital and on his way to a rehab center. Full recovery coming soon. Still a long road ahead of him but with faith and prayers he will make a full recovery in no time.”
2. Perriman was close friends with former Ravens cornerback Tray Walker.
Walker died March 18 after a dirt bike accident in Florida, and he was perhaps Perriman’s best friend on the team. Both were rookies last season, and Walker often lifted Perriman’s spirits when he was dealing with his first knee injury. After the Ravens’ first OTA session in May, Perriman talked about how difficult his offseason had been, losing Walker and dealing with his father’s illness.
“It’s been crazy,” Perriman said. “I’ve been through a lot this offseason, but it’s just making me stronger again and just learning to keep faith and pray a lot more. It’s been rough. It is still rough from time to time, but I’m steady getting through it, pushing through it and keeping faith.”
3. Perriman was not injury prone in college.
At Central Florida, Perriman played 14 games in 2012, 12 games in 2013, and 13 games in 2014. That gave the Ravens no reason to think Perriman would have this kind of bad luck after being drafted. Perriman could miss two full seasons, with injuries to both knees, before he ever plays an NFL game. That has to raise concern about Perriman’s health moving forward.