Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Suggs confirms partial tear after surgery
By Jamison Hensley
Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs still has his sights set on returning this season, telling the Baltimore Sun on Wednesday morning that his Achilles tendon was partially torn.
The Ravens announced Tuesday night that Suggs had successful surgery but they didn't reveal the severity of the injury or indicate a timetable. Suggs told the Sun that he plans to return to the field in four to six months. It was "not as bad as some thought it was," Suggs said. "It's still the same [prognosis]."
Suggs told ESPN last week he injured himself while practicing the Ravens' conditioning test, which every player needs to pass in order to suit up for training camp. While working out at his old high school in Chandler, Ariz., he felt something turn when he stopped.
Durability and fighting through injuries have been a strength for Suggs. He's only missed three games in his nine-year NFL career.
Now, after having surgery, Suggs expects to begin rehab within two weeks. "I'm 29 years old. I don't miss games," he said. "I'll be returning soon."
Under Suggs' timetable, he could miss seven games and return after the Ravens' Week 8 bye for the Nov. 4 game at the Cleveland Browns.
The NFL Defensive Player of the Year would likely miss games against the Bengals, Eagles, Patriots, Browns, Chiefs, Cowboys and Texans. That would mean the Ravens will be without Suggs, their top pass-rusher, for only two games against teams with passing games that ranked in the top half of the NFL last season.