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Thursday, July 25, 2013
Suggs declares himself 100 percent healthy

By Jamison Hensley

Baltimore Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs appreciates reporting to training camp this week more than at any other time in his career.

Last year at this time, Suggs was rehabbing an Achilles injury instead of preparing to suit up for practice. That injury caused him to miss the first six games of the regular season and a biceps injury sidelined him for another game.

Terrell Suggs
"I'm 30, so if you ask me, I'm probably entering in my football prime right now," said Terrell Suggs.
Suggs, who hadn't missed a game in his first nine seasons, proclaimed the injuries from the 2012 season are in the past.

"Achilles feels good, biceps feels good -- I’m 100 percent," Suggs said. "You come out here, you report for camp, you don’t have any nicks, any bruises, you don’t have to sit out. You can’t ask for more than that -- that opportunity to go to work. Like I said, I’m just blessed that I am 100 percent right now and I do get to go to work.”

The challenge for Suggs is to prove he is fully recovered from that Achilles injury and has the same explosiveness that he had in 2011, when he had 14 sacks and was named the NFL Defensive Player of the Year.

When asked if he thinks about his own "football mortality," Suggs said, "A lot of those guys [who have retired] are a lot older than me. I’m 30, so if you ask me, I’m probably entering in my football prime right now. I’m not going to think about that this year, definitely. At the end of the year? Probably. I don’t know; it depends on how the year goes.”

With Ray Lewis and Ed Reed gone, the longest tenured player with the Ravens is Suggs.