Per­ri­man looks to bounce back af­ter fin­ish­ing with zero tar­gets

Baltimore Sun - - SPORTS RAVENS WEEKEND - By Ed­ward Lee and Jeff Zre­biec ed­ward.lee@balt­sun.com jeff.zre­biec@balt­sun.com twit­ter.com/Ed­wardLeeSun twit­ter.com/jef­fzre­biec­sun

Bre­shad Per­ri­man can’t re­mem­ber the last time he fin­ished a game with zero tar­gets, as he did in the Ravens’ loss to the Dal­las Cow­boys on Sun­day. But it’s not some­thing the sec­ond-year wide re­ceiver is stress­ing over.

“It is what it is,” he said af­ter Wed­nes­day’s prac­tice. “Un­for­tu­nately, stuff like that hap­pens when you go through games where you may have one, two or even zero catches. You just play the cards you’re dealt. That’s ba­si­cally it.”

Per­ri­man’s quiet per­for­mance marked his first game with zero catches as a healthy and par­tic­i­pat­ing wide re­ceiver through his three-year ca­reer at Cen­tral Florida and the first nine games of this sea­son. It was ad­di­tion­ally sur­pris­ing con­sid­er­ing he caught three passes for 64 yards and his first NFL touch­down in a vic­tory over the Cleve­land Browns on Nov. 10.

Per­ri­man cred­ited the Cow­boys de­fense for cov­er­ing him and forc­ing quar­ter­back Joe Flacco to look else­where.

“I just think the routes that I was run­ning, they played per­fect cov­er­age,” Per­ri­man said. “It’s not like they were sin­gling me out to take me out of the game. They had the per­fect cov­er­age for ev­ery route that I ran.” J. Smith re­mains side­lined: Ravens coach John Har­baugh ex­pressed hope Wed­nes­day that top corner­back Jimmy Smith would be on the prac­tice field dur­ing the team’s Thanks­giv­ing Day work­out. How­ever, Smith re­mained side­lined Thurs­day with a back in­jury, putting his sta­tus for Sun­day’s AFC North matchup with the Cincin­nati Ben­gals into fur­ther doubt.

Smith also missed Sun­day’s loss to the Cow­boys af­ter prac­tic­ing just once dur­ing the week.

Run­ning back Lorenzo Tali­a­ferro (thigh) and of­fen­sive line­man Alex Lewis (an­kle) also didn’t prac­tice. Cen­ter Jeremy Zut­tah and line­backer Ter­rell Suggs were given the day off. Tight end Crock­ett Gill­more (thigh) and de­fen­sive tackle Timmy Jerni­gan (shoul­der) prac­ticed on a lim­ited ba­sis.

Af­ter not prac­tic­ing Wed­nes­day, start­ing guard Mar­shal Yanda (shoul­der) and nose tackle Bran­don Wil­liams (back/ hand) re­turned to ac­tion Thurs­day. Yanda and Wil­liams, along with line­backer Elvis Dumervil (foot), were full par­tic­i­pants in Thurs­day’s work­out. Tucker stands alone: The Ravens’ Justin Tucker is the only kicker to make ev­ery field goal he has at­tempted this sea­son af­ter the In­di­anapo­lis Colts’ Adam Vi­natieri pushed a 42-yard try wide right in the sec­ond quar­ter of a vic­tory over the Ten­nessee Ti­tans on Sun­day.

“It doesn’t feel any dif­fer­ent from last week or the week be­fore or how next week will feel,” Tucker said. “For me, it’s just about tak­ing it one kick at a time and not wor­ry­ing about any­thing else.”

Tucker is 23-for-23 on field goals this sea­son and car­ries a streak of 30 con­sec­u­tive field goals made — the long­est ac­tive streak in the NFL — into Sun­day’s game against the Ben­gals. Dixon feel­ing good: Run­ning back Ken­neth Dixon’s in­creased role on of­fense has co­in­cided with the rookie work­ing him­self into bet­ter shape and gain­ing more con­fi­dence in his knee. The fourth-round pick missed the first four games of the sea­son with a par­tially torn MCL in his left knee.

When he re­turned, he looked a lit­tle ten­ta­tive and had just six car­ries for 10 yards and three re­cep­tions for six yards over his first three games. In three games since, Dixon has 21 car­ries for 91 yards and seven re­cep­tions for 42 yards.

“I feel re­ally good,” he said Wed­nes­day. “I got in and got re­hab and kind of slimmed up a lit­tle bit and got to run­ning on my knee, and got a lot of con­fi­dence back in it.”

KEN­NETH K. LAM/BAL­TI­MORE SUN

“You just play the cards you’re dealt. That’s ba­si­cally it,” wide re­ceiver Bre­shad Per­ri­man said.

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