Per­ri­man to play; Dumervil un­likely

Orr en­joys solid start; Mosley, Zut­tah prac­tice

Baltimore Sun - - RAVENS WEEKEND - By Edward Lee edward.lee@balt­sun.com twit­ter.com/Ed­wardLeeSun

Ravens wide re­ceiver Bre­shad Per­ri­man de­clared him­self healthy and ready to play in Sun­day’s road opener against the Cleve­land Browns.

“I’m feel­ing good,” said Per­ri­man, who prac­ticed Thurs­day af­ter sit­ting out Wed­nes­day’s ses­sion be­cause of what the team called a calf in­jury. “I’m feel­ing real good. I can’t com­plain at all.”

Per­ri­man, the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s first-round pick in the 2015 NFL draft, de­clined to say whether the in­jury was re­lated to the par­tially torn PCL in his right knee that wiped out his rookie cam­paign or the par­tially torn ACL in his left knee that kept him on the phys­i­cally-un­able-to-per­form list un­til Aug. 18.

Per­ri­man caught one pass for 35 yards in Sun­day’s 13-7 win against the Buf­falo Bills. He said he is pre­pared if the Ravens de­cide to add more to his plate af­ter he played 21 of­fen­sive snaps — fourth most among Ravens re­ceivers.

“I’m ex­pect­ing a big­ger work­load,” Per­ri­man said. “So I have no doubt in my mind that I can.”

The out­look is not as rosy for Dumervil.

The out­side line­backer said he is re­cov­er­ing from a set­back re­lated to foot surgery in the off­sea­son. He does not ap­pear likely to re­turn for Sun­day’s game.

“I feel like I’m get­ting close, but I don’t know what ‘close’ means yet,” he said. “We’re work­ing hard, work­ing with guys here, re­ally get­ting bet­ter. So re­ally look­ing for­ward to it soon.”

Dumervil, who sat out Sun­day, de­cided to have the Fe­bru­ary pro­ce­dure so he would not have to play this sea­son in pain, as he did in 2015.

“Last year was a bit more [painful], but I think by get­ting the surgery, it def­i­nitely al­lowed the sit­u­a­tion to be fixed more,” he said. “So with that be­ing said, at least you know the surgery has been re­paired, and so it’s just a mat­ter of get­ting to the point where you can deal with the pain tol­er­ance. No­body’s re­ally 100 per­cent healthy in foot­ball, but it’s just a mat­ter of what you can deal with.” Elvis Orr look­ing to build on first ca­reer start: Rookie of­fen­sive line­men Ron­nie Stan­ley and Alex Lewis were not the only Ravens mak­ing their first ca­reer starts. Zachary Orr opened the game at inside line­backer, Wide re­ceiver Bre­shad Per­ri­man says he’s healthy and “ex­pect­ing a big­ger work­load” against the Browns on Sun­day. fin­ish­ing sec­ond on the de­fense with six tack­les and adding a quar­ter­back hit.

It was a solid stat line for the third-year pro, who signed with the Ravens as an un­drafted rookie May 12, 2014, af­ter grad­u­at­ing from North Texas. Orr said start­ing Sun­day along­side out­side line­backer Ter­rell Suggs, cor­ner­back Jimmy Smith and strong safety Eric Wed­dle was a mo­ment he will trea­sure.

“It is [a dream], es­pe­cially con­sid­er­ing where I came from, and be­ing un­drafted and stuff like that,” he said. “I def­i­nitely feel like it is a dream, and it def­i­nitely feels sur­real. But it’s some­thing that I kind of also ex­pected as well be­cause I knew that com­ing into this league, I could play. I just had to learn the NFL game and ad­just to it.” Trest­man says split­ting car­ries could con­tinue: Of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor Marc Trest­man said he would not make any rash de­ci­sions af­ter the of­fense’s 28-carry, 83-yard show­ing Sun­day. He pointed out that a Bills de­fense coached by Rex Ryan al­ways pri­or­i­tizes stop­ping the run.

But Trest­man did say he could en­vi­sion a sim­i­lar work­load for run­ning backs Justin Forsett and Ter­rance West. Forsett had a team-high 41 yards on 10 at­tempts, while West (Towson Univer­sity, North­west­ern High) added a team-best 12 car­ries for 32 yards.

“I think go­ing in, you see it’s ro­tat­ing like we did this past week,” Trest­man said, adding that it would take a few more weeks to fully eval­u­ate the run­ning game. “Again, I think time will tell. We may con­tinue on in this way, and cer­tainly we could go with rid­ing one back a lit­tle bit more. It’ll be just part of how we pro­ceed.” Mosley, Zut­tah back at prac­tice: In ad­di­tion to Per­ri­man, inside line­backer C.J. Mosley and cen­ter Jeremy Zut­tah re­turned to Thurs­day’s prac­tice and par­tic­i­pated fully.

Mosley had missed Wed­nes­day’s ses­sion be­cause of a thigh in­jury. Zut­tah was back af­ter sit­ting out Wed­nes­day for non-in­juryre­lated rea­sons.

Guard John Urschel (shoul­der) and cor­ner­back Jer­raud Pow­ers (an­kle) also prac­ticed fully.

Suggs and right guard Mar­shal Yanda missed prac­tice for non-in­jury-re­lated rea­sons. They might have been the ben­e­fi­cia­ries of re­ceiv­ing a day off as vet­er­ans.

In ad­di­tion to Dumervil, out­side line­backer Za’Dar­ius Smith did not prac­tice for the sec­ond con­sec­u­tive day. Smith is deal­ing with an an­kle ail­ment. End zone: De­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor Dean Pees said he en­joyed stand­ing on the side­line for Sun­day’s game rather than sit­ting in the coaches box as he had done in pre­vi­ous years. “You just get a feel for staff. You get a feel for your team,” he said. “And we’ve got some new faces, and we’re pretty young on de­fense. So I think some­times be­ing able to be down there and ac­tu­ally look them in the eye and talk to them, and the other thing is some­times you can just tell by look­ing at some­body’s body lan­guage or look­ing them in the eye, how to call the game based on how we’re play­ing and how they re­act. I can tell also on Sun­days that guys were pretty revved up af­ter the first cou­ple of se­ries. So we were go­ing to keep it go­ing.” … Cleve­land start­ing left tackle Joe Thomas — who did not prac­tice Wed­nes­day for non-in­jury-re­lated rea­sons — re­turned and par­tic­i­pated fully. Two other starters, wide re­ceiver Ter­relle Pryor Sr. (shoul­der) and right guard John Greco (back) also par­tic­i­pated fully. … Yanda cel­e­brated his 32nd birth­day Thurs­day.

LLOYD FOX/BAL­TI­MORE SUN

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