The Ravens activated linebacker Terrell Suggs off the Physically Unable to Perform list and the reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year is considered a game-time decision, according to ESPN's Chris Mortensen.
If Suggs plays, he will likely be on a limited snap count and could be relegated to a pass-rush specialist role. Without Suggs, the Ravens have recorded 10 sacks in six games. Only six teams have had fewer sacks. Baltimore is also tied for 24th in sacks per pass play in the NFL.
Having Suggs would significantly boost the Ravens' chances of getting to Houston's Matt Schaub, who has been one of the toughest quarterbacks to sack. Schaub has been sacked six times, which is the second-fewest among current starting quarterbacks (Eli Manning has been sacked four times).
Suggs has had success against the Texans, with four sacks in four meetings.
Asked Friday whether Suggs would play, coach John Harbaugh said: “I don’t know. We will see. If I knew, I wouldn’t tell you. And I don’t know that I know what I know --and I don’t know -- and I’m not sure, and we’ll have to see -- that about sums it up."
Confused? Well, Harbaugh continued with his answer. "In all seriousness, he’s done a really good job," he said. "This is a very serious injury [and] he’s worked really hard. Us not putting it out there is the fact that we’ve practiced him all week. We aren’t too interested in them knowing one way or the other. If he is playing, then we don’t want them to know he’s playing; we don’t want them to be sure he’s playing. And if he’s not playing, then -- how would I say that -- then we don’t want them to know that. You get my point, right? But give him credit; he’s done a heck of a job. He is where he’s at with it. He’s getting into football shape and stuff. I don’t want to diminish that at all.”