Ravens fans who were early to Saturday night's game against the Buffalo Bills at M&T Bank Stadium got a rare look at wide receiver Breshad Perriman, who made his first on-field appearance in almost four weeks.
Perriman strained his right hamstring while running a slant route during a practice on Aug. 1 at the team's training facility in Owings Mills and had not been seen since. Coach John Harbaugh had described Perriman as a "long-term hamstring guy" on Aug. 15.
During pre-game warmups though, Perriman ran, planted and cut without hesitation while catching passes from wide receivers coach Bobby Engram. Perriman worked out for about 45 minutes before walking into the locker room.
Health concerns have plagued Perriman, the organization's first-round pick in the 2015 NFL draft. He missed his entire rookie year because of a partially torn PCL in his right knee and then sat out much of the 2016 training camp because of a partially torn ACL in his left knee. But the offense is relying on Perriman – third on the team last season in touchdowns with three and fourth in targets with 66 and yards with 499 on 33 receptions – to complement Mike Wallace and Jeremy Maclin.
In addition to Perriman, rookie cornerback Marlon Humphrey, wide receiver Michael Campanaro and rookie inside linebacker Donald Payne took part in pre-game warmups.
Humphrey, the franchise's first-round selection in April, had not been on the field since injuring his hamstring in a 31-7 victory over the Miami Dolphins on Aug. 17. But he sprinted and looked unhampered while working out before the contest.
Campanaro, the Clarksville native and River Hill graduate, returned after missing Thursday's practice because of a personal matter. And Payne, an undrafted free agent, had not been on the field since the game in Miami.