Ravens’ Bre­shad Per­ri­man ‘most def­i­nitely’ ex­pects to be ready for sea­son opener

Cecil Whig - - SPORTS - By SEAN GROGAN

sgro­gan@ce­cil­whig.com

— One day af­ter be­ing ac­ti­vated from the phys­i­cally un­able to per­form list, Bre­shad Per­ri­man was back at prac­tice.

The sec­ond-year wide re­ceiver for the Ravens took part in the in­di­vid­ual ses­sion of prac­tice Tues­day. He wore full pads for the first time since Bal­ti­more se­lected him in the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft.

“I was run­ning routes – run­ning routes, work­ing on com­ing in and out of my breaks for the most part, do­ing some ball drills as well. I caught some balls from Joe [Flacco] a lit­tle bit. For the most part, that was it,” Per­ri­man said. “It was real nice. I’m very happy and very ex­cited to be back out there with my team­mates.”

Per­ri­man hadn’t been on the field since par­tially tear­ing his ACL on the last day of or­ga­nized team ac­tiv­i­ties. He had hurt the op­po­site knee on the first day of train­ing camp the pre­vi­ous year, which kept him from play­ing his en­tire rookie sea­son.

Per­ri­man thought his sea­son was

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over be­fore it be­gan yet again. He fi­nally caught a break when he was in­formed his in­jury would not re­quire sea­son-end­ing surgery.

“It was very scary. At the same time, I kept faith through the whole thing; tried to stay pos­i­tive,” he said. “Once I got the good news, I was very ex­cited. I just feel like that good mind­set kind of paid off.”

Per­ri­man was of­fi­cially wel­comed back Tues­day when vet­eran line­backer and mas­ter trash-talker Ter­rell Suggs took the prac­tice field.

“Who’s the new guy?” Suggs shouted. “Can he play?”

Per­ri­man didn’t play much as he is eased back into a full work­load. The Ravens have not said whether they plan to play him in ei­ther of the team’s two re­main­ing pre­sea­son games, but Per­ri­man fully ex­pects to play in the sea­son opener against the Buf­falo Bills on Sept. 11.

“Most def­i­nitely. I don’t have any doubt in my mind that I [will] be ready. I’m at­tack­ing it right now like I will be ready, and I think I will,” Per­ri­man said. “I feel like my hard work will pay off, and I have no doubts in my mind that I [will] be ready.”

Head coach John Har­baugh said Mon­day that Per­ri­man is run­ning well, but still needs to get back into foot­ball shape. Af­ter re­turn­ing to the field, Per­ri­man said he hasn’t lost any of the speed that made him Bal­ti­more’s cov­eted deep threat.

“Last year, it was a much longer re­hab process,” he said. “I’m not say­ing I didn’t take it well last year. But just going through that made me have a clearer vi­sion of how I had to at­tack it. I just went in ev­ery day with the mind­set of try­ing to get bet­ter each day.”

The two in­juries have kept Bal­ti­more fans from catch­ing a glimpse of Per­ri­man. First-round picks are con­stantly scru­ti­nized to be­gin with, but when they also ap­pear to be in­juryprone, the crit­i­cism be­comes re­lent­less. Per­ri­man tries to block it out, but he can’t es­cape it all. It’s be­come fuel for him.

“I feel like it’s com­ing real soon,” he said. “I know it’ll be worth the wait, in my eyes. I’m very ea­ger.”

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CECIL WHIG PHOTO BY SEAN GROGAN

Wide re­ceiver Bre­shad Per­ri­man re­turned to prac­tice Tues­day and ex­pects to be ready for Bal­ti­more’s sea­son opener.

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