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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