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Ravens rookie WR Perriman on injury: Hardest thing I've ever gone through

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Ravens rookie WR Perriman on injury: Hardest thing I've ever gone through

OWINGS MILLS – Ravens wide receiver Breshad Perriman expressed confidence he would return healthy next season, and insisted his partially-torn PCL was not part of a chronic knee condition.

In his first extensive comments to the media in weeks, Perriman talked about the frustration and disappointment of being sidelined for his entire rookie season. The Ravens’ first-round pick was injured on the first day of camp, and was placed on season-ending injured reserve this week.

Here were some of Perriman’s most revealing comments during a Thursday media session:

  • Perriman said he didn’t think he would miss much time when the injury first occurred: “The doctors told me only a couple of days and I believed it. They looked into some more, and it turned out to be worse than everybody thought it was.”
  • Perriman admitted he suffered a setback warming up before the Ravens’ home opener against the Bengals on Sept. 27. Perriman pulled up in the end zone, ended his workout, limped off the field, and went to see Dr. James Andrews in Alabama a few days later: “I was starting to feel a little better, and I kind of wanted to push myself to see how far I could go. I think I just overdid it a little too much. I felt the pop in my knee. I made it a little worse, they said. Dr. Andrews said that the tear became worse than what it was initially.”
  • Perriman was so depressed at one point, he was not returning his parents’ phone calls: “Just knowing I couldn’t be out there with my teammates was really hurting me. It’s been probably the hardest thing I’ve ever went through, honestly, just a huge disappointment. I don’t know how much I can help (the team), but I know that I can help somewhat. That’s been really the hardest thing for me…I kind of shut everyone out. I wasn’t talking to nobody. Finally, my parents kind of noticed it, because I wasn’t even picking up their calls. They came up here one weekend. They gave me words of encouragement.”
  • A few teammates, along with his parents, told Perriman to ignore the outside noise surrounding his injury: "They told me you got to tune it out, because they’ll be a lot of negative things said. After they gave me that great advice, I really didn’t pay attention to it.”
  • Perriman said he was not anticipating further surgery: "I think I’ll be fine now. It’s healing very well. I don’t think they’ll have to go back in. I think it’s coming along well.”
  • The last few months have made Perriman more determined to prove he can help the Ravens: "When next year comes along, when I finally get healthy, I’m going to be more hungrier than ever. Whenever I face adversity I just come back harder.”

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Ravens looking to make a statement in Kansas City against the unbeaten Chiefs

Ravens looking to make a statement in Kansas City against the unbeaten Chiefs

Depending on who’s asked, Sunday’s game is either a statement waiting to be made, or just another game to play. 

In perhaps the weekend’s most anticipated game, the Ravens will head to Arrowhead Stadium to face the unbeaten Chiefs on Sunday at 1 p.m. It’s an opportunity for the Ravens to stake their claim as one of the NFL’s best, against the league’s most explosive offense.

“Every game for us is a statement game,” Ronnie Stanley said. “We’ve been downplayed since the beginning of the season. Every game (is), and this just happens to be the next one.”

But while it’s being billed as a game between two of the NFL’s hottest offenses led by two bright stars at quarterback, it’s still just the third game of the season. 

“Not really,” Marshal Yanda said on if this game is a measuring stick. “We focus on the gameplan. We focus on practice and sharpening things up, just getting better every single day. Obviously, we know that they’re a good football team, and we’re going to respect them. But we’re just more worried about what we can control in this building and just getting better every day.”

There’s two mindsets, but it’s impossible to look past what Sunday’s matchup could mean. 

Firstly, it would be at least a modicum of revenge for last year’s 27-24 overtime loss, a loss which Ravens players and coaches have said still sticks with them. 

But perhaps more importantly, it would give the Ravens a leg up early in the season on one of the favorites in the AFC. 

“We’re trying to make our way,” coach John Harbaugh said. “There will be a lot at stake at the end of the year when you count them up, but right now, both teams are trying to find who they are and are trying to win an early AFC matchup. It’s just kind of an early-season game.”

At 2-0, the opportunity is there on-paper for the Ravens to state their claim atop the conference, especially with the rest of the AFC North’s start to the season.

Cincinnati stumbled out of the gate and is 0-2, as is Pittsburgh, which just lost Ben Roethlisberger for the season to an injury. 

The Browns are 1-1 with the Rams coming to town on Sunday, meaning the opportunity is there for the Ravens to put some distance between themselves and the rest of the conference early on.

In order for the Ravens to do so, however, they’ll have to get by Patrick Mahomes and company.

“It’s a big challenge for us in the back end, a big challenge for the defense and for this ball club on the road against a playoff-caliber team,” cornerback Brandon Carr said. “They have it all. We’re excited to see what we’re made of, so it’s a big challenge for us, trying to find a way to get to 3-0.”

Still, Sunday’s game is more than just a game on paper. The Ravens can firmly cement themselves as one of the NFL’s best amongst the minds of many in the league. Even if they knew that already themselves.

“My job is to control what I can control, and that’s my offense,” Lamar Jackson said. “I don’t really care about the hype. I don’t even care about the hype they’re giving us now. They were just doubting us the whole offseason. Like I said, we’re just going to go in there and perform.”

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Ravens' 'Mile High Miracle' the biggest snub from NFL Top 100 Greatest Plays list

Ravens' 'Mile High Miracle' the biggest snub from NFL Top 100 Greatest Plays list

The Mile High Miracle isn’t the best, most creative moniker in the world. But it is one of the 100 greatest plays in NFL history.

At least, according to just about everyone besides the NFL.

The NFL Network released their top 100 plays in league history over the course of the last two weeks, and several worthy plays made the list. The Immaculate Reception, The Catch, The Helmet Catch, and many others made appearances. There were plenty of Hail Mary’s too.

And yet, the defining play from one of the great playoff runs this century, in the final minute of perhaps the single best game of the decade, didn’t make the cut.

Do you know what did make the list? A fumble recovery returned for a touchdown from the Patriots against the Jets.

What’s that? Doesn’t ring a bell? That’s because most fans know it by a different name: The Butt Fumble.


That’s right. A moment only famous for how many ways Twitter was able to make fun of it made the list of the literal 100 greatest plays in NFL history. It was a gaffe, not a great play, and the NFL chose to raise it up in lieu of Joe Flacco-to-Jacoby Jones, staring elimination in the face, with 30 seconds left, on the road, in freezing weather, in front of one of the most raucous fanbases in the league.

It wasn’t just Ravens fans who were upset on Twitter. Plenty of fans of other teams, including rivals like the Steelers, couldn’t believe the snub. It quickly became the biggest talking point online, once it became obvious the Mile High Miracle wasn’t going to come up eventually.

Now, it makes sense why some Ravens plays were left off. Ray Rice’s legendary conversion of 4th-and-29 off a dump-off pass in San Diego, otherwise known as “Hey diddle diddle, Ray Rice up the middle” would likely have just brought more anger than anything else, give his given his exile from the league in the wake of his domestic violence case.

And many of the Ravens’ all-time greatest players played less glamorous positions. You won’t see many Jonathan Ogden pancake blocks or Ray Lewis form tackles on typical highlight reels.

One Ravens play actually did make the list, with Ed Reed’s record-setting 108-yard interception return for a touchdown showing up in the back half of the Top 100. 

But Reed’s return, as amazing as it was, isn’t the greatest, most iconic moment in franchise history. It’s not the moment fans still talk about, remembering where they were when it happened, in the same way my parents remember where they were when we first walked on the moon.

The Prayer In Thin Air (a much better nickname for the moment) is a top-30 play in NFL history, at minimum. Leaving it off a Top 100 list is indefensible enough in a vacuum, but when you see the types of jokes they included? It quickly becomes easy to throw out the list altogether.

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