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Is Ravens' Breshad Perriman getting closer to returning?

The Baltimore Ravens are in unfamiliar territory with wide receiver Breshad Perriman. For the first time in their 20-year existence, their first-round pick has missed the first two games of his rookie season.

So, when will this unwanted streak end? Quite possibly over the next couple of games.

Perriman was running routes off to the side before Sunday's game, albeit at half speed. This marked the first time he has been spotted running since spraining his right knee on July 30.

Ravens coach John Harbaugh was asked if this was an indication that Perriman would be ready to play soon.

"Not that I've been told," Harbaugh said Monday. "I got no update on it."

There was a recent report that estimated Perriman would play in October, but no source is needed for a timetable. It's just common sense.

If Perriman was going to be out until November, the Ravens would've used Injured Reserve-Designated to Return on him. By the Ravens putting that designation on defensive end Brent Urban, Baltimore officials were basically saying they expected Perriman to be back in the first two months of the regular season.

The Ravens, who are 0-2, desperately need Perriman's speed at wide receiver, but it would probably be optimistic to see him for Sunday's home opener against the Cincinnati Bengals. Could he be back for the Thursday night game at Pittsburgh on Oct. 1? Or perhaps the Oct. 11 game against Cleveland?

The next question is how much Perriman will contribute when the speedy receiver gets on the field. Outside of Raiders wide receiver Amari Cooper -- whom the Ravens got an up-close look at last Sunday -- none of the other rookie wide receivers have made an impact in the first two games.

Of the six wide receivers selected in the first round this year, Cooper has 12 catches for 156 yards and the other five have totaled eight receptions for 109 yards. So, the Ravens aren't alone in waiting for a talented young receiver to deliver big plays.

2015 First-round wide receivers

Amari Cooper (No. 4): 12 catches, 156 yards and one TD

Kevin White (No. 7): On PUP with stress fracture in shin

DeVante Parker (No. 14): One catch for three yards

Nelson Agholor (No. 20): Four catches for 36 yards

Breshad Perriman (No. 26): Missed first two games with knee injury

Phillip Dorsett (No. 29): Three catches for 70 yards