Ravens star LB Suggs prac­tices for first time

Cecil Whig - - SPORTS - By SEAN GRO­GAN

sgro­gan@ce­cil­whig.com

— Mon­day marked the re­turn of Ter­rell Suggs.

The Ravens star line­backer prac­ticed for the first time since tear­ing his Achilles on Sept. 13 in last year’s sea­son opener against the Den­ver Bron­cos.

Suggs, 33, recorded 12 sacks in 2014 and 10 the pre­vi­ous year. The 2011 NFL De­fen­sive Player has sacked the op­pos­ing quar­ter­back 106 times in his ca­reer.

Head coach John Har­baugh said the pre­vi­ous week that Suggs was the clos­est of any Ravens play­ers on the phys­i­cally un­able

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to per­form list to re­turn­ing. Suggs had pre­vi­ously passed the team’s con­di­tion­ing test with­out his coach’s knowl­edge. Har­baugh said the vet­eran line­backer had been ask­ing to prac­tice, but that he was hold­ing Suggs out.

The Ravens wore shorts at Mon­day’s non-con­tact prac­tice. Suggs took part in in­di­vid­ual drills, but was lim­ited in 11-on-11 sit­u­a­tions.

De­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor Dean Pees said it was great to have Suggs on the field, but there is no rea­son to rush him back.

“I don’t think any­body knows his body bet­ter than he does at this point in time of his ca­reer,” Pees said. “We’ll work him in as we can work him in, but re­ally, his health is the most im­por­tant thing right now. He knows the de­fense. He knows what we’re do­ing, he’s been at all the meet­ings. Any­thing we’ve changed, he knows. So now, it’s just a mat­ter of get­ting him ready.”

Steve Smith Sr., Bre­shad Per­ri­man, Lorenzo Tali­a­ferro and Elvis Dumervil re­main on PUP for Bal­ti­more.

Tight end Crock­ett Gill­more and wide re­ceiver Michael Cam­pa­naro also re­turned to prac­tice Mon­day. Gill­more had not prac­ticed since in­jur­ing his ham­string on the sec­ond day of train­ing camp.

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CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY SEAN GRO­GAN

Ravens star line­backer Ter­rell Suggs prac­ticed Mon­day for the first time since tear­ing his Achilles on Sept. 13.

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