Ravens wide receivers coach Bobby Engram said rookie first-round draft pick Breshad Perriman is going through a "growing process" as he continues to rehabilitate a right knee injury that has sidelined him for the entire season so far.
"I think he has been a little frustrated," Engram said. "I think he wants to be out there. He wants to compete. He wants to play, but at the same time, he realizes he has to go through this process and get himself healthy."
Perriman strained his PCL in the Ravens' first full-team practice of training camp. He returned to practice in late September, but his knee wasn't responding well, so he had it scoped just over a month ago. There have been no indications that Perriman's return to practice is imminent. Ravens coach John Harbaugh said last week that the rookie has a "shot" to return before the end of the season.
"I've been disappointed for Breshad, because he put in so much work and preparation to give himself that opportunity," Engram said. "It's unfortunate, but that's a part of this business that we take part in. Football, it's a physical sport, and sometimes these things happen. But he has been around, he has been in the meetings. His spirits have been good, and we look forward to getting him healthy and getting him back."
More needed from tight ends
Just about all the focus following wide receiver Steve Smith Sr.'s season-ending Achilles injury has been on the need of other wide receivers to elevate their games. That will continue to be the case, but Harbaugh also said Monday that the Ravens need more from their tight ends.
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"Even without losing Steve, we felt like the tight ends were going to take on a bigger and bigger role, and I think that's going to happen either way," Harbaugh said. "I think those guys are making plays, and they need to make even more plays than they're making. To me, [San Diego] wasn't their best game. They played OK, but they need to be a bigger factor than they were [Sunday]."
Starting tight end Crockett Gillmore ranks fourth on the team with 20 receptions, third with 242 receiving yards and is tied for first with Smith with three touchdown catches despite missing two full games and parts of others because of injuries. Rookies Maxx Williams and Nick Boyle have 12 and 11 receptions, respectively.
"We do a lot of things to help our team win now — blocking, pass catching, all those kinds of things," Boyle said. "We're progressing well, but I think we can do a lot more things to keep getting better and better, where we're always on the field or we're always trying to make plays for our team."
Injured safety Matt Elam, who served a one-game suspension Sunday without pay for violating the league's substance-abuse policy, declined to elaborate on the ban Tuesday, a day after Harbaugh said Elam self-reported the incident to the league. "I ain't really trying to speak on that," Elam said. "It's behind me." Elam, a first-round pick in 2013, did say the incident happened following his rookie season. … Asked for his reaction to kicker Justin Tucker's dance following his 39-yard game-winning field goal against the Chargers on Sunday, associate head coach and special teams coordinator Jerry Rosburg said, "I have no reaction whatsoever. I'm not sure what it was, so I'm really not sure if I've seen it before." … The Ravens practice Wednesday before they are off for the rest of the week. They'll return to the team facility Monday to continue preparations for the Jacksonville Jaguars.