Perriman to play; Dumervil unlikely
Orr enjoys solid start; Mosley, Zuttah practice
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.