The comeback of second-year Ravens wide receiver Breshad Perriman has apparently taken another significant detour.
The team’s No. 1 draft pick in 2015 who missed his entire rookie season a year ago with a partially torn PCL in his right knee sustained another knee injury to his left leg during the last practice at the recently concluded organized team activities.
A team source said Saturday that Perriman underwent an MRI and might have a torn meniscus. Perriman will have arthroscopic surgery Monday to determine the extent of the injury.
The injury apparently occurred after Perriman caught a pass on a back shoulder fade during one of the drills, went down without any contact and continued to practice. On Friday, he told the Ravens the knee was a little sore.
The MRI showed a possible torn meniscus, which for college and professional athletes usually results in having the meniscus reattached and requires a lengthy rehabilitation period.
Maryland basketball player Dion Wiley sustained a torn meniscus prior to the opening of the 2015-16 season. Wiley missed the entire season and only recently was cleared to resume workouts.
The Ravens will have a three-day mandatory mini-camp beginning Tuesday.
Though the Ravens have added veteran free agent Mike Wallace and fourth round draft pick Chris Moore of Cincinnati to the wide receiver corps, the potential loss of Perriman would be a blow to a team that is also hoping that Steve Smith Sr. returns from a torn Achilles and quarterback Joe Flacco makes a successful comeback from a torn ACL and MCL.
Perriman was injured last year on the first day of training camp, though there was a cloud of mystery surrounding exactly what was wrong until it was revealed he had a partially torn MCL.
It did not require surgery, but after warming up for a game in Week 3, Perriman reinjured the knee and in November was eventually put on injured reserve for the season.
Following a practice on May 26, Perriman said that he felt “much stronger” and that what he went through last season “made me a better player and a better person.
Perriman added that he didn’t “even think about it anymore. I feel great…It feels amazing. I feel like a kid in the candy store.”
While Perriman had seemingly recovered from the knee injury, his off-season was difficult with the death of Ravens teammate and close friend Tray Walker in a dirt bike accident in Miami in March and the stroke suffered by his father, former NFL receiver Brett Perriman.
“It’s been crazy,” Perriman said. “I’ve been through a lot this offseason, but it’s just making me stronger again and just learning to keep faith and pray a lot more. It’s been rough. It still is rough from time to time, but I’m steady getting through it, pushing through it and keeping faith.”
ESPN first reported news of Perriman’s latest injury.
Sun reporter Jeff Zrebiec and columnist Mike Preston contributed to this story.