3 more starters add to injury woes
Reports: OLB Suggs suffers torn bicep; 2 CBs also hurt
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.”
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.