Ravens’ Perriman pleased with ACL Stem Cell Treatment; Returns to Practice

Don Markus

Contact ReporterThe Baltimore Sun

Back at practice, Breshad Perriman says he expects to be ready for season opener.

Ravens receiver Breshad Perriman returned to the practice field Tuesday for the first time since injuring his left knee during organized team activities in June.

Perriman, who underwent stem cell treatments to promote healing in his partially torn ACL, went through some light individual drills in Owings Mills after being removed from the physically unable to perform list Monday.

Perriman, the team’s No. 1 draft pick in 2015, missed his entire rookie season after sustaining a strained PCL on the first day of training camp last summer and then reinjuring the knee two months later.

With Perriman’s return, it marked the first time the Ravens had all their receivers available for practice since training camp began. Veteran Steve Smith Sr. came off the PUP list last week.

“I feel really good,” Perriman said after practice. “I’m confident. I feel like my speed’s there still. I can’t complain at all.”

Perriman said that the injury, which took place without contact on a day when the Ravens trained indoors, was “very scary” and said that his faith helped him.

“I stayed positive,” he said. “Once I got the good news [that it didn’t need surgery], I was very excited. I felt like a good mindset paid off.”

Perriman said that having gone through a similar injury last year helped him over the past couple of months.

“I knew how to attack it, I had a better attitude toward the whole rehab process,” Perriman said. “I feel like I just attacked it much harder. … Last year was a much longer rehab process, but at the same time I got to go through not being out there.

“Basically, you really don’t get what you put in. I’m not saying I didn’t attack it well, but just going through that made me have a clearer vision on how I had to attack it. I went in with the mindset [this time] of trying to get better each day.”

Perriman spent time Tuesday running routes, catching some passes from quarterback Joe Flacco and working on his technique “coming out of breaks” and hopes to pick up the intensity of his workouts in the next few days.

“Slowly keep increasing day by day,” he said.

Ravens coach John Harbaugh said he didn’t get to see Perriman during individual drills.

“I’ll watch it on tape and we’ll go from there,”  Harbaugh said.

The former Central Florida standout expects to be ready for the opening game on Sept. 11 against the Buffalo Bills.

“I feel like I’ve been working hard, and I’m going to continue to work hard, and the hard work will pay off,” he said. “I have no doubts in my mind that I won’t be ready.”





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