- Jamison Hensley, ESPN Staff Writer
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The Ravens provided little information on linebacker Terrell Suggs other than to say the NFL Defensive Player of the Year had successful surgery on his Achilles' tendon and is expected to make a full recovery.
Baltimore left out two important pieces of information in its announcement: the severity of the injury and the timetable for his return.
Suggs told ESPN last week he partially tore his Achilles tendon during a conditioning drill in Arizona but believes he can return by the middle of the 2012 season. The team, however, has yet to comment on the specifics of the injury.
If it's a partial tear, Suggs could return this season. If it's complete tear, he likely would be out for the season.
“After some recovery time, ‘Sizzle’ will begin the process of rehabbing the area," Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome said in a statement. "We know he will work hard to get back on the field with his teammates as soon as the doctors and trainers allow. We’re confident that he can make a full recovery.”
Suggs is known for his durability and has only missed three games in his nine-year career. He recorded 19 sacks in his past 18 games (including playoffs). His impact went beyond hitting the quarterback. Suggs is the team's all-time leader in forced fumbles with 29, which is 10 more than anyone else in the history of the Ravens.