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Ravens say 'not a big chance' Breshad Perriman plays in opener

Ravens first-round pick Breshad Perriman hasn't practiced since injuring his knee on the first day of training camp July 30. AP Photo/Patrick Semansky

OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- This won't come as a newsflash, but the Baltimore Ravens have essentially ruled out first-round pick Breshad Perriman for Sunday's season opener at Denver.

Perriman injured his right knee by falling on it after making a catch on the first day of training camp, and the fleet-footed rookie wide receiver hasn't practiced since July 30. He was last seen catching passes before the preseason opener, but he didn't jog or run while doing so.

Ravens coach John Harbaugh said on Saturday that there was "a chance" that Perriman could play in Week 1, which led to some speculation about the rookie's availability.

"I think I was pretty clear. It’s probably not a real big chance, because he hasn’t practiced," Harbaugh said Tuedsay. "When he comes [back] ... I don’t have a time frame from the doctors. I don’t think it’s tremendously far down the road, or we would have done something else with him, as far as his status."

As Harbaugh indicated, the Ravens would've put Perriman on Injured Reserve-Designated To Return if they thought he was going to miss close to eight weeks. By not doing so, it suggests that Perriman will return by October at the latest.

The Ravens are expected to go with Kamar Aiken as the starting wide receiver opposite Steve Smith as long as Perriman is out.

"When [Perriman] comes back to practice, that’ll probably be a pretty good indicator that he’s going to be in the lineup pretty soon," Harbaugh said. "That goes, really, for all of our guys right now.”

The other Ravens who are in jeopardy of missing Sunday's game are: defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan (knee), running back Lorenzo Taliaferro (knee) and cornerback Rashaan Melvin (soft tissue).