Ravens coach John Harbaugh, in another update on the status of rookie wide receiver Breshad Perriman's injured knee, called his PCL sprain a "slow-healing deal," and again confirmed there was no new damage seen during the scope conducted by Dr. James Andrews last week.
"He's had probably one of the all-time, slowest-healing sprained PCLs ever," Harbaugh said. "That's nothing against him. That's just the way it is. It's just tough."
Perriman banged his knee on the ground on the first day of training camp practice on July 30. What was initially called a bruise was later classified as a sprain, and outside of some light, stationary workouts, then light running during pregame warm-ups during the preseason and regular season games, his rehab was largely out of the public eye.
He returned to practice on Sept. 24 and was limited in the two practices before the Week 3 game against the Cincinnati Bengals. During pregame warm-ups that day, Perriman seemed to aggravate it running a post route at near-full speed, and leaned against the wall in obvious discomfort while wide receivers coach Bobby Engram checked on him.
Perriman didn't practice at all last week after that incident, leading to questions from reporters. Harbaugh responded by saying he wasn't aware of the incident, though he clarified that Monday.
"It's the same injury," Harbaugh said. "He's been working a strained PCL from Day One. There's no new injury involved in that thing. I think he ran routes before the game, which is what you guys were referring to, and I didn't know this, somebody saw him limping or something after the workout. I don't know what degree that was different than any other workout. I think there's always a little bit of strain and soreness when you push it a little bit, but there was no new injury there."
The scope by Dr. Andrews confirmed what an MRI previously showed: there's no new damage.
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"I'm glad it got confirmed that there was no new injury," Harbaugh said.
Perriman received an injection of platelet-rich plasma, which is meant to speed the healing process.
"Hopefully, that will have a big impact on it and we'll see how he comes along this week," Harbaugh said. "I'm looking forward to it, seeing how fast that he can get some recovery going on it."
Even before the setback, Harbaugh indicated Perriman wasn't close to playing in his first NFL game.
"He was practicing at a slow speed," Harbaugh said. "He wasn't out there full speed at any point yet. I think when we get him out there full speed in practice running routes and actually practicing with units, that's when you'll know he has a chance to come back and play. When he's doing the walk-throughs and individuals, that's a little bit different. That's what he was doing before."