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John Harbaugh optimistic that Breshad Perriman will return soon

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Ravens head coach John Harbaugh is confident that wide receiver and first-round draft pick Breshad Perriman will return during the preseason, but it remains a mystery if that will be any time soon.

Perriman, who hurt his knee in the Ravens’ first full-team practice on July 30, has missed 11 consecutive workouts and the team’s first preseason game.

“He’ll be back sometime here in training camp, hopefully soon,” Harbaugh said. “I hate that he’s missing it, hate that he’s not out here. I’ve got a knot in the pit of my stomach, in some ways, about it. In other ways, I know it’s out of our control and I put it in God’s hands and let him take care of it. To me, that’s the best strategy right there.”

Harbaugh initially said after Perriman went down that the rookie had a bruised knee and might return to practice the next day. However, he has since acknowledged that there’s more to the injury than just a bruise, alluding to a strain and potential tendon damage.

“He’s got whatever they want to call it with his knee situation there. It’s not something that’s going to keep him out for a long period of time, they tell me,” Harbaugh said. “If I was a doctor, I’d give you more. … We come out here, and we expect definitive answers on injuries from coaches. I didn’t take those classes in college. I wasn’t interested.”

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