OWINGS MILLS – Rookie wide receiver Breshad Perriman was on the practice field Thursday for the first time since July 30, exactly eight weeks since suffering a knee injury on the first day of training camp.
Now speculation will intensify as to when Perriman, the Ravens’ first-round pick, will make his Ravens debut. It would be shocking if Perriman played Sunday against the Bengals. He was not running at full speed during the portion ofThursday’s practice open to reporters. And even without a setback, it will be difficult for Perriman to play freely Week 4 against the Steelers, because it’s a Thursday night game (Oct. 1), meaning a short practice week. Best-case scenario for the Steelers game might be a few packages during the game that include Perriman, giving Pittsburgh another weapon to worry about in certain situations
Week 5 against the Browns (Oct. 11) could be a target date if Perriman continues to improve. Again, that is just speculation. His entire recovery process has taken longer than initially expected.
However, getting Perriman onto the practice field was another step toward getting him into the lineup. And the Ravens (0-2) badly need him, because his speed brings an element that could boost their entire offense. Even when Perriman is not targeted, his speed makes the opposing secondary retreat. That leads to more operating room for other receivers, and helps the running game by keeping opposing safeties from cheating toward the line of scrimmage.
Perriman hasn’t made a play yet for the Ravens, but on Thursday, he his presence at practice was good news for a team that needed some.