- Jamison Hensley, ESPN Staff Writer
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Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs continues to insist he will play this season after having surgery to repair his Achilles tendon, and the NFL's Defensive Player of the Year believes he will return sometime around midseason.
"Late November, that will be the latest I return," Suggs told the Baltimore Sun.
Suggs' foot is already in a boot, and he expects to start some walking next week. His return, though, might be aided by some extreme methods.
"Going into the [hyperbaric oxygen] chamber is an option," he said. "It certainly can't hurt. I can take an iPad and iPod in there and spend a few hours a day. It can only help the healing process."
Suggs continues to use his favorite line that he's "going to shock a lot of people when I'm coming out of that tunnel." He's only missed three games in his nine-year career, so it's tough to doubt him at this point.
Of course, it's not really important when Suggs can return to the field. It's when he returns to his old self. Regaining the same explosiveness could take a full year, according to ESPN injury expert Stephania Bell.
Suggs said he partially tore his Achilles at the end of April while practicing the team's conditioning test. Because he was injured away from the Ravens' facility, Baltimore could avoid paying him for the games he will miss by placing him on the Non-Football Injury list.
"The Ravens have never said anything to me about that and I hope they don't," Suggs said. "That's just petty gossip."