Ravens mail: When will Breshad Perriman return?

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@jamisonhensley: This is the winner for the most asked question by Ravens fans on Twitter. Conspiracy theories abound because coach John Harbaugh initially called it a bruised knee for first-round pick Breshad Perriman and was told the rookie wide receiver was day to day. Again, this is the information that Harbaugh was simply conveying from doctors and training staff. Now, 37 days since Perriman fell on his right knee, he still remains sidelined. So, when will Perriman return? A posterior cruciate ligament sprain can take six to eight weeks to recover. Under that timetable, the earliest Perriman would start practicing is after the season opener. It could take an additional couple of weeks. Of course, this is speculative because the Ravens aren't giving an exact timetable. But no one should be surprised if Perriman misses the first couple of games and comes back sometime in October. @jamisonhensley: Wide receiver. The biggest question facing the Ravens' offense was this: Who is going to catch the ball from Joe Flacco other than Steve Smith? The preseason is over, and there is no definitive answer. Perriman is injured (see above), Kamar Aiken made three catches this preseason and Marlon Brown didn't surface this summer until the preseason finale. No one will confuse the Ravens' wide receivers with the ones in Denver, Indianapolis and Detroit. The Ravens are banking on Flacco elevating the supporting cast around him like the other top quarterbacks in the league. @jamisonhensley: That's a big "if." Tight end Dennis Pitta is on the reserve-physically unable to perform list, which means he'll be eligible to return in Week 7. But he has yet to be cleared to practice by doctors, and there are no guarantees that he'll ever play again. If Pitta does come back, it would take pressure off Maxx Williams. Even though Williams is the best pass-catching tight end from this year's draft, let's not forget he turned 21 in April. He's still has a ways to go to mature physically to play week after week after week at this level. The return of Pitta wouldn't affect Crockett Gillmore, who would remain the starting tight end, or Nick Boyle, who should develop into a valuable special teams player. @jamisonhensley: The best bet is that the Ravens will sign a veteran running back to back up Justin Forsett. Buck Allen averaged 2.5 yards per carry this preseason, and Terrence Magee is an undrafted rookie. So, it should be a priority for the Ravens to get someone to be the No. 2 back until Lorenzo Taliaferro returns from a sprained knee. As far as the players now available, I don't see the Ravens being interested in Cleveland Browns defensive tackle Phil Taylor, San Francisco 49ers pass rusher Darnell Dockett or Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive lineman Da'Quan Bowers. Taylor reportedly needs knee surgery, Dockett hasn't recorded more than five sacks in a season since 2009 and Bowers didn't draw much interest before he re-signed with Tampa Bay in July.