Ravens coach John Harbaugh, in what were presumably his last comments on injured first-round NFL draft pick Breshad Perriman, said placing the wide receiver on injured reserve Tuesday and ending his rookie season without playing a snap left him "disappointed."
"I can't say I was real involved in that [decision]," Harbaugh said. "It was Ozzie [Newsome], the doctors and Breshad just kind of going over the situation. I know that when Ozzie told me this, we were very hopeful that we could get him out there. We just waited as long as we could to see if that could happen, and it just didn't look like it could happen. That's really just the extent that I'm aware of it."
Harbaugh had said as recently as last Monday that he hoped to get four games out of Perriman to salvage his rookie season, but that would require several weeks of practice and the clock was ticking.
Perriman banged his knee on the turf behind the Under Armour Performance Center on the first full-team practice of training camp July 30 after he lept to catch a deep pass down the sideline. What was initially diagnosed as a bruise was later called a sprained PCL, and Perriman returned before Week 3 for two days of light practice before aggravating the injury in pregame warmups against the Cincinnati Bengals.
The following week, Dr. James Andrews scoped the knee and gave him an injection of platelet-rich plasma to speed the healing process, but it wasn't what the team needed to get him active this season. Earlier this year, Harbaugh called it "probably one of the all-time, slowest-healing sprained PCLs ever."
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At teammate Michael Campanaro's Toys for Tots drive in Ellicott City, Perriman didn't want to discuss the issue.
"It's been a little frustrating, but I'll get over it," Perriman said. "I'll be fine."
Harbaugh said there's no permanent issue "that I've been told, but to me, it's still a hard one to understand."
"There's better people to ask than me about that," Harbaugh said. "I'm just disappointed, and I'll tell you, Breshad is disappointed. We're all disappointed. I had a chance to talk to him yesterday, probably for the first time in depth, because he was hard to talk to before.
"You just couldn't talk to him. You see him around, he was kind of just so down about the whole thing. He seemed a little more at peace with his future, and he's excited about the progress he's making, but when you see him, you should just ask him where he's at with it."