Per­ri­man misses prac­tice with calf in­jury

It’s ap­par­ently not re­lated to re­ceiver’s knee prob­lems; Har­baugh won’t give details

Baltimore Sun - - RAVENS - By Ed­ward Lee and Jonas Shaf­fer ed­ward.lee@balt­ twit­­wardLeeSun

Wide re­ceiver Bre­shad Per­ri­man’s ab­sence from Ravens prac­tice Wed­nes­day is ap­par­ently not re­lated to the knee in­juries that have hin­dered him since he was se­lected in the first round of the 2015 NFL draft.

Per­ri­man was held out of prac­tice be­cause of what the team char­ac­ter­ized as a calf in­jury. He caught one pass for 35 yards in Sun­day’s13-7 win against the Buf­falo Bills at M&T Bank Sta­dium, and did not ap­pear to be limp­ing or oth­er­wise im­paired in the locker room af­ter­ward.

Coach John Har­baugh did not dis­close any details on Per­ri­man’s sta­tus for Sun­day’s road game against the Cleve­land Browns, say­ing: “The in­jury re­port will be out later. So I’m just go­ing to leave it at that for where he’s at. We’ll see.”

Per­ri­man’s first year has fea­tured plenty of bumps. He has had to over­come a par­tially torn pos­te­rior cru­ci­ate lig­a­ment in his right knee that wiped out his rookie sea­son and then a par­tially torn ACL in his left knee that kept him on the phys­i­cal­lyun­able-to-per­form list un­til Aug. 18.

Inside line­backer C.J. Mosley did not prac­tice be­cause of a thigh prob­lem. But the third-year starter who made two tack­les Sun­day said the in­jury is mi­nor.

“I’m feel­ing pretty good,” Mosley said. “Just wanted to make sure that I didn’t go out there and make any­thing worse. So I’ll be out there to­mor­row.”

Other Ravens play­ers who did not par­tic­i­pate Wed­nes­day were out­side lineback­ers Elvis Dumervil (foot) and Za’Dar­ius Smith (an­kle) and rookie run­ning back Ken­neth Dixon (strained MCL in left knee).

Cen­ter Jeremy Zut­tah’s ab­sence from Wed­nes­day’s ses­sion was ex­plained as not in­jury-re­lated. Flacco ‘elite’ to Suggs: Ter­rell Suggs wears his heart on his sleeve and his feel­ings about the elite­ness of quar­ter­back Joe Flacco, ap­par­ently, on his chest.

The out­side line­backer ap­peared at his weekly news con­fer­ence in a hat, ath­letic shorts and a black T-shirt with an artis­tic ren­der­ing of Flacco’s face. Un­der­neath it was one word: “ELITE.” This 35-yard first-quar­ter re­cep­tion over the Bills’ Stephon Gil­more, left, was the only pass Bre­shad Per­ri­man caught in Sun­day’s game. He did not ap­pear af­ter the game to be hurt.

This is Suggs’ new method of pos­i­tive re­in­force­ment. When Flacco had good games early in his ca­reer, Suggs said, he would post a photo of a “hip-hop video vixen” in his locker. When Flacco strug­gled? “I put some­thing quite the op­po­site. I’ll let him tell you about it.”

“He’s hav­ing a good game, I’m go­ing to try to keep the con­fi­dence thing go­ing,” Suggs said. “But when he drops a bad one, I have some­thing for him.”

Flacco first saw the new threads when he picked up tight end Den­nis Pitta on the way to Sun­day’s game. Pitta emerged from his garage wear­ing Flacco’s face and the hotly de­bated de­scrip­tor. “Man, why you got my face on your shirt?” Flacco re­called ask­ing him, but there were al­ready plenty more team­mates with one. West ex­pect­ing to get booed in Cleve­land: Ter­rance West is re­al­is­tic about the re­cep­tion he will get from Browns fans when he re­turns to FirstEn­ergy Sta­dium on Sun­day. “They’ll prob­a­bly boo me,” he said.

To be fair, Browns fans might still be irked that West, Cleve­land’s third-round pick in the 2014 NFL draft, did not pan out as they had hoped. In his rookie sea­son, West (North­west­ern High, Tow­son Univer­sity) rushed for 673 yards and four touch­downs in 14 games, start­ing six, but was stuck in a rotation with Ben Tate and Isaiah Crow­ell be­fore get­ting traded to the Ten­nessee Titans on Sept. 6, 2015.

Last sea­son, West played for the Titans and the Ravens. In fact, he trav­eled to Cleve­land as a mem­ber of each or­ga­ni­za­tion, which is why he doesn’t ap­pear to be con­cerned about re­turn­ing to the city this week­end.

“It’s just an­other game,” he said. “It’s not about me go­ing back to Cleve­land. It’s about the Bal­ti­more Ravens go­ing up there and play­ing the Cleve­land Browns. It’s not about Ter­rance West go­ing back to Cleve­land. That’s not even my home. So like I said, it’s just an­other game.” Pow­ers “closer to 100” per­cent: In seven years with the Indianapolis Colts and Ari­zona Car­di­nals, Jer­raud Pow­ers had played in ev­ery sea­son-open­ing game. That streak ended when the cor­ner­back was forced to miss Sun­day’s win against Buf­falo.

Pow­ers, 5 feet 10, 193 pounds, signed May 13 to be the pri­mary nickel back, paired with cor­ner­backs Jimmy Smith and Sha­reece Wright. But he in­jured his an­kle when his cleat got caught in the turf in a pre­sea­son game Aug. 20 at Lu­cas Oil Sta­dium in Indianapolis and was held out for the rest of the pre­sea­son.

Pow­ers vowed to play Sun­day against the Browns. “I’d say I’m closer to 100” per­cent, he said. “There’s still some sore­ness ev­ery now and then, but it’s just some­thing you deal with. But to­day, I felt great at prac­tice. I got through the whole prac­tice with­out any prob­lems. I felt fine.” End zone: Pitta will re­turn to Cleve­land for the first time since Sept. 21, 2014, when he dis­lo­cated his right hip for the sec­ond time. “The last time I was on that field, it wasn’t the best mem­ory,” Pitta said. “I don’t an­tic­i­pate re­ally even think­ing about it. I’m just ex­cited for an­other op­por­tu­nity to be on the field and get a lit­tle bit bet­ter.” … Cleve­land listed five play­ers on its in­jury re­port, in­clud­ing three starters. Left tackle Joe Thomas did not prac­tice for non­in­jury-re­lated rea­sons. Wide re­ceiver Ter­relle Pryor (shoul­der) and right guard John Greco (back) par­tic­i­pated fully.


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