Ravens’ Suggs aims to be back before end of camp
Former DPOY recovering from torn Achilles
— Terrell Suggs had no intentions of retiring.
Speaking with the media for the first time since he suffered a torn Achilles during the Baltimore Ravens’ season opener last September—the second such injury of his career—the 33-year-old former NFL Defensive Player of the Year revealed that he never considered hanging up the cleats.
“From the moment the injury happened, I was in denial like, ‘No. I didn’t do it again. I can move my foot. Maybe it’s just a severely bad sprain.’ But then you get the MRI, and they’re like, ‘No, you did it again.’ You kind of just have to go back to square one,” said Suggs, who suffered the injury while chasing down quarterback Peyton Manning during the fourth
quarter of his team’s loss to the Denver Broncos on Sept. 13. “You have to lie down. You can’t move or do anything for three months, and then you start the little things. You take baby steps, and then you start to feel a little better. Then you’re jogging and you’re moving a little faster.
“It’s a process, but never did it cross my mind that I wasn’t going to come back and be talking to you and have to answer that question.”
Baltimore’s all-time leader in sacks will have to wait a little longer before finally returning to the gridiron. Training camp began Thursday and Suggs, affectionally nicknamed T-Sizzle, was nowhere to be seen as he opens the preseason on the physically- unable- to- per form list.
“I’m not going to give it a timetable, but it’s not going to be long. We’re close to where we want to be,” Suggs said. “I’m going to be honest with you: The Raven side of me is like, “[Expletive] it, Sizz. Let’s go play some football.’ But I have to be smart with it. I can’t be timid, but I have to be smart. It won’t be long before I’ll be off of it and out there practicing with the guys.”
The next question is whether the six-time Pro Bowler can return to playing at a high level.
Suggs, who captured the 2011 Defensive Player of the Year award, recorded double-digit sacks in four of the previous five seasons before his lost 2015 campaign. In 2014, he teamed with fellow linebacker Elvis Dumervil to post the most sacks in the NFL by a defensive duo (29).
“It’s a fair question,” Suggs said. “This is 14 years for me. I came in here a young 20-yearold and didn’t know anything. I had some of the greatest Jedi Masters teaching me. It’s a fair question. We’ve seen a lot of Ravens come and go, and I’m one of the last few here. The question is a fair question, but in my eyes? It’s premature. It’s not yet. I’m a lot younger in spirit than I am in my number in the league.”
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Baltimore Ravens outside linebacker Terrell Suggs began training camp on the physicallyunable-to-perform list as he recovers from a serious injury suffered last season.