3 more starters add to in­jury woes

Re­ports: OLB Suggs suf­fers torn bi­cep; 2 CBs also hurt

Baltimore Sun - - RAVENS INSIDER - By Ed­ward Lee

EAST RUTHER­FORD, N.J. — Al­ready play­ing with­out five starters and two ma­jor con­trib­u­tors, the Ravens had three more starters suf­fer in­juries that kept them from fin­ish­ing Sun­day’s game against the New York Gi­ants. And one of the in­juries could be se­ri­ous.

Out­side line­backer Ter­rell Suggs in­jured his left arm while sack­ing New York quar­ter­back Eli Man­ning mid­way through the fourth quar­ter. Mul­ti­ple me­dia re­ports in­di­cated that the 34-year-old tore his bi­ceps. Suggs suf­fered that type of in­jury in 2012 and played through it.

The team’s leader in sacks, with four, said af­ter the game that he did not know the sever­ity of the in­jury.

“I’m all right,” said Suggs, who fin­ished with five tack­les (two for losses) and two quar­ter­back hits. “I ain’t no doc­tor. We’re go­ing to get every­thing looked at be­fore we find out what the di­ag­no­sis is, and we’re go­ing to go from there.”

Suggs missed just about all of last sea­son af­ter suf­fer­ing a torn Achilles ten­don in the sea­son opener. Cor­ner­back Jimmy Smith leaves the field af­ter be­ing in­jured in the sec­ond quar­ter. Smith was not avail­able for com­ment af­ter the game.

Sun­day, the de­fense lost two more starters in cor­ner­backs Jimmy Smith (con­cus­sion) and Jer­raud Pow­ers (groin) in the sec­ond quar­ter. Their ab­sence — par­tic­u­larly Smith’s, which oc­curred when he col­lided with out­side line­backer Za’Dar­ius Smith — opened the door for the Gi­ants’ pass­ing game. Wide re­ceiver Odell Beck­ham Jr. caught five passes for 211 yards and two scores in the sec­ond half, in­clud­ing the de­ci­sive touch­down.

Nei­ther Smith nor Pow­ers was avail­able to com­ment af­ter the game. Rookie Tavon Young, who blamed him­self for get­ting caught up with strong safety Eric Wed­dle on a pick play that led to Beck­ham’s game-win­ning 66-yard touch­down, said the sec­ondary wasn’t throw­ing a pity party over miss­ing Smith and Pow­ers.

“Guys just got to step up,” he said. “Guys filled in. I was play­ing out­side, back to nickel, back to out­side. It’s just part of the game. Ev­ery­body’s got to know what each po­si­tion is and know the plays.”

The five starters who sat out all of Sun­day’s game were in­side line­backer C.J. Mosley (ham­string), wide re­ceiver Steve Smith Sr. (an­kle), rookie left tackle Ron­nie Stan­ley (foot), right tackle Rick Wag­ner (thigh) and right guard Mar­shal Yanda (shoul­der). Out­side line­backer Elvis Dumervil (foot) and re­turn spe­cial­ist Devin Hester Sr. (thigh) were in­ac­tive, too.

The Ravens could have a sig­nif­i­cant group miss­ing when they re­turn to prac­tice Wed­nes­day in prepa­ra­tion for Sun­day’s game against the New York Jets, also at MetLife Sta­dium.

“It’s the NFL. It’s a 100 per­cent in­jury rate,” Suggs said. “When a guy goes out, you have to be a com­peti­tor. I’m not go­ing to be the one to cost my team. That’s ev­ery man across. It ain’t just one guy. We all got to take a look at our­self and see what we can do bet­ter so we can stop los­ing these [ex­ple­tive] games. It’s very un­for­tu­nate.”

LLOYD FOX/BAL­TI­MORE SUN PHO­TOS

Ravens out­side line­backer Ter­rell Suggs holds his arm af­ter sack­ing Gi­ants quar­ter­back Eli Man­ning mid­way through the fourth quar­ter of Sun­day’s game. Suggs left the game af­ter the play and did not re­turn; he said af­ter­ward he did not know how se­ri­ous the in­jury was.

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