UPDATE: Per reports, it looks like the Ravens dodged a bullet with Breshad Perriman. He might still be behind in his development, but he is aiming to be ready for the regular season:
Ravens' WR Breshad Perriman did undergo arthroscopic surgery today and his ACL was deemed stable. Expected to be ready for regular season.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) June 14, 2016
Certain players in the NFL fall into the unfortunate circumstance of being injury-plagued, and that appears to be the case with Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Breshad Perriman, who suffered a partially torn ACL this past Thursday during an OTA session. Reports say the injury occurred in a non-contact drill as he was simply going out to catch a fade route.
Perriman was the 21st pick of the 2015 draft by the Ravens, but a right knee injury on the first day of training camp kept him out for eight weeks. When he was ready to return in Week 3, he aggravated the knee again during the week and opted to have surgery to repair a partially torn posterior cruciate ligament. He didn't play in a single game all season as the Ravens' depth at the receiver position was crippled.
Perriman is set to undergo surgery today, and Adam Schefter reports that there is a chance he could still return at some point in 2016:
There's "absolutely" a chance that Ravens' WR Breshad Perriman could return for 2016 season, per source. Surgery Tuesday should tell more.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) June 13, 2016
While he's out, though, Joe Flacco will begin the season a little short-handed of talent at the receiver position again. Steve Smith decided at the end of last season to call off his retirement, so he'll be back but is getting up there in age and is coming off of an injury. Mike Wallace was signed by the team this offseason; although his strength as a deep ball receiver fits with Flacco's ability to launch the ball deep, he's still a bit of a one-trick pony and is coming off the worst statistical season of his career.
Meanwhile, the Browns have injected plenty of youth into their wide receiver position. Even if one of their four rookies were to suffer an injury, there are three other guys who you get the sense that the coaching staff would be willing to give opportunities to.