The Breshad Perriman injury saga continues with the Baltimore Ravens for the second year in a row as the young wide receiver is looking to get on the field and participate in live games for the first time since being drafted with the first round pick in the 2015 NFL Draft.
Perriman is still recovering from a partically torn ACL he suffered during OTA’s (Organized Team Activities) earlier this year. Last week, Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said that he expected Perriman to be among a few key players who will return to the field in week 1 of the 2016 regular season as the Ravens get ready to take on the Buffalo Bills.
But right now, Harbaugh isn’t sure when Perriman will return to the field as he discussed via BaltimoreRavens.com.
“I wish I did [have an update],” Harbaugh said. “We had talked about this being the time frame, right about now, mid-August, when he would be back. That was the date that I was given back in June. . . He’s on the ground running right now, but I haven’t been told that he’s going to be back to practice, tomorrow. “I’m just like the fans. I’m waiting for him to get back out there, and when he’s ready he’ll be back out there.”
While the Ravens are frustrated and Ravens fans are frustrated, nobody has to be more frustrated than Perriman. Perriman is the guy who has to read about what people are saying about him in terms of his durability and others questioning whether or not he is a bust. And the worst thing that Perriman can do is rush himself onto the field early to prove the doubters wrong and re-aggravate his injury.
Perriman during his rookie season in 2015 missed the entire regular season as he suffered a sprained PCL on the first day of training camp and as weeks went on, the recovery process was slower than expected. At first, many assumed the sprained PCL was a day to day injury but it eventually turned into a situation where he would be placed on injured reserve in the middle of the 2015 season.
The Ravens have been patient with Perriman as much as any team could be at this point and Perriman has handled himself well throughout this frustrating period of his early NFL career. It is only a matter of time before Perriman returns to the field and once he does, he can just focus on football and focus on being an important contributor for the Ravens offense for years to come.