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.”