First-round NFL draft pick Breshad Perriman’s absence due to a knee sprain suffered on the first day of training camp hit the four-week mark Thursday, and coach John Harbaugh still isn’t sure when the wide receiver will be back on the field.
“I’m asking too,” Harbaugh said. “It’s slower healing than they expected, and they really don’t have a timetable right now. That’s all I really have to say on that.”
Perriman banged his knee on the ground while making a leaping catch on July 30, the first day of full-team practice, and left the field with trainers late in that practice.
The injury was initially characterized as a bruise, but Harbaugh later said it was a sprain.
“It’s disappointing, but that’s the name of the game,” Flacco said. "You deal with injuries, and I think he’s doing a great job dealing with his and trying to get back out here, but it takes time.
“I wish we had him out. I think he’s an awesome talent and he’s going to help us out a lot, but he’s not going to help us out if he can’t run. We’ve got to get him out here and, I think when he does get out here, we’re going to be able to rely on him.”
Flacco said ahead of Saturday’s preseason game against the Washington Redskins that he and Perriman had developed the beginnings of a solid chemistry during organized team activities and mandatory minicamp, one he believes will easily resume when the top pick returns to the field.
“When you’re dealing with guys who are pretty talented, it doesn’t take a ton of time to get in sync with each other, but obviously, you’d like to have as much time as possible,” Flacco said.
“He’s going to have to get back and get in shape. It’s not like he’s just been hurt, but he’s been missing a ton of time out there running, with pads on, getting into that football shape, so it’s going to be up to him to try to get out there as quick as possible.”