Breshad Perriman Misses Practice With Calf Issue
Breshad Perriman is dealing with a calf issue.
The second-year wide receiver wasn't on the field Wednesday as the Ravens held their first full practice in preparation for Sunday's matchup with the Cleveland Browns, and Head Coach John Harbaugh did not provide any details about the injury.
ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that the injury is a "minor calf issue," but did not provide a timetable for his return.
Perriman made his regular-season debut Sunday against Buffalo, and he brought down an impressive 35-yard snag on the first pass thrown his direction. He saw 21 snaps in the contest and didn't complain about his calf after the win.
"I feel good, have no complaints," he said Sunday.
Perriman missed his entire rookie season with a knee problem and then suffered a partially torn ACL to his other knee in June. The knee injury this spring cost him the entire offseason program and much of training camp, but he returned to practice Aug. 22 and played in the final preseason game.
Wednesday was the first time Perriman has missed practice since being activated from the physically unable to perform (PUP) list.
If his injury lingers into the weekend, then the Ravens would likely turn to rookie speedster Chris Moore to get more reps against Cleveland.
Elvis Dumervil Still Sidelined
Veteran outside linebacker Elvis Dumervil continues to miss time recovering from an offseason "foot-area" procedure. Dumervil hasn't practiced the last three weeks after suffering what he described as a "minor setback."
The 32-year-old defender missed the entire offseason program and start of training camp as he recovered from the injury. The Ravens initially activated him from the PUP list Aug. 22, and he practiced for a few days before returning to the sidelines.
Dumervil has maintained that he'll be back soon, but has not indicated specifically when he expects that to happen.
In addition to Dumervil missing practice, his replacement, Za'Darius Smith (ankle), was also sidelined Wednesday. Smith played against the Bills and did not leave the game early because of the injury. Smith also dealt with an ankle issue in training camp, and it's unclear if missing practice was just precautionary.
C.J. Mosley Misses Practice, Say's He'll Return Thursday
Starting inside linebacker C.J. Mosley didn't practice because of a thigh issue, but the starting inside linebacker didn't seem too concerned about it. Mosley told reporters he expects to practice Thursday.
"I'm feeling pretty good," he said. "Just want to make sure I don't go out there and make anything worse."
Mosley has a reputation for being one of the toughest players on the team, and he's hardly missed a snap in his career. Mosley has started every game during his three seasons in the NFL, even when he had to play with a cast of his arm because of a hand issue.
Getting him back at practice Thursday is a good indication he'll be ready to play Sunday.
Jerraud Powers Returns
Some good news on the injury front was that veteran cornerback Jerraud Powers returned to practice as a limited participant. He has missed about a month with an ankle injury, but he gives the Ravens some valuable depth in their secondary.
The 29-year-old cornerback has started 82 games over the course of his career, and the Ravens signed him this offseason to be the team's nickel back. Rookie Tavon Young filled in as the slot corner with Powers out, but the Ravens have high hopes for what Powers can do when he returns.
"We anticipate that Jerraud is going to be a big part of what we're doing going forward," Harbaugh said last week.
The other players to miss practice were center Jeremy Zututah (non-injury related) and running back Kenneth Dixon (knee). Dixon hasn't practiced since the third preseason game and he isn't expected to play this week.
Browns Undergo Quarterback Change
The Browns are dealing with a significant injury issue as starting quarterback Robert Griffin III was placed on injured reserve Monday. With Griffin ruled out, the Browns will turn to veteran Josh McCown to get the start.
"We have a lot of respect for Josh McCown," Harbaugh said. "There will be certain things they'll do more, other things they'll do less. One thing about Josh McCown: He's just excellent on third down. He's been great on third down his whole career."
Cleveland doesn't have other major concerns outside of the quarterback position. They didn't have any players miss practice for injury reasons.