For the second year in a row, Ravens wide receiver Breshad Perriman appears to have suffered a significant knee injury.
According to reports, Perriman has suffered a partially-torn ACL in his left knee. The injury occurred during the Ravens’ Thursday practice session of Organized Team Activities (OTA’s). It is said to be a non-contact injury that Perriman suffered while running a fade route.
The injury is apparently a season-ending and will require surgery. Perriman is meeting with Dr. James Andrews on Monday for a second opinion.
For Perriman, this is yet another devastating blow to his short NFL career. The 2015 first-round pick from Central Florida has yet to play a snap in the NFL for Baltimore. Perriman missed all of last season with a partially torn PCL that he suffered on the first day of training camp. Perriman was supposed to return at some point during the 2015 season, but re-aggregated the injury while running routes before the Ravens’ week 3 game against the Bengals. He had surgery to repair that injury on Oct. 1st, and was placed on injured reserve on Nov. 17.
To go along with the injuries, Perriman also had a difficult offseason. Late-Ravens cornerback Tray Walker, a draft-mate and good friend of Perriman’s, died on March 19 after being in a dirt bike accident two days prior. Brett Perriman, Breshad’s father and former New Orleans Saints wide receiver, suffered a stroke on May 3 and has been in the hospital ever since.
Should Perriman miss this upcoming season, it would certainly put his future in Baltimore in doubt after suffering serious knee injuries in consecutive years. These injuries also occurred to different knees, so Perriman will have two surgically-repaired knees heading into his third NFL season, in which he will have yet to play a snap.
If Perriman misses 2016, Ravens fans should find comfort in that Baltimore addressed the wide receiver position in the offseason. In 2015 Baltimore did not have a legitimate downfield threat, and now they have a few. The Ravens signed former Steelers wide receiver Mike Wallace to a two-year, $11.5 million contract, and drafted Cincinnati wide receiver Chris Moore in the fourth round of this year’s draft.
Wallace, a 2011 Pro-Bowler, had two 1,000 yard seasons in his four years in Pittsburgh. Moore averaged 19.3 yards-per-reception in college. Both of these receivers will be able to spread the field in Perriman’s looming absence.