Terrell Suggs remains optimistic

Updated: July 13, 2012, 10:35 AM ET
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Baltimore Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs remains optimistic that he will play at some point during the 2012 season after tearing his right Achilles tendon in April.

Speaking on ESPN's "NFL Live," the reigning Associated Press Defensive Player of the Year wouldn't pinpoint when he'll return to the field but would say fans should expect to see him out there at some point.

"Just be optimistic that you all will see me playing this year," Suggs said.

The five-time Pro Bowler is pleased with his progress since suffering the injury.

"It's going great," Suggs said. "I'm in good spirits, and I like the progress that I'm making. I came out of the boot last week, so I'm just walking right now and doing muscle strength."

Suggs, 29, previously said he suffered the injury during an offseason conditioning drill, but there were reports that he hurt himself playing basketball in Arizona. Even though the Ravens say he will get his full salary in 2012 regardless of how the injury occurred, Suggs insisted the torn tendon did not happen while he was on a basketball court.

"You all know me know when I said what happened, that's exactly what happened," Suggs said last month. "It was kind of upsetting and frustrating. But we're talking about two different incidents. I didn't get hurt playing basketball."

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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