Ravens’ Suggs intercepts pass, proves ‘he’s back’
— Two days after making his training camp debut, the old Terrell Suggs was out in full force Wednesday morning.
The veteran outside linebacker jumped and intercepted Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco at the line of scrimmage and returned it for a touchdown.
“Darth Sizzle is back,” Suggs’ statement began Monday when he was activated from the PUP list. He proved it true on Wednesday.
“That’s kind of his trademark interception. He’s had a few of those,” head coach John Harbaugh said. “I saw Anthony Levine and I said ‘ I guess he’s back.’ But we’d heard him before that. It was good to see him make a play like that.”
Fans at the Under Armour Performance Center roared for the interception. Suggs celebrated by launching the ball into the bleachers.
“Sure, $ 50,” Harbaugh joked about the price of the donated football. “He can afford it.”
Harbaugh wasn’t the only one who heard Suggs’ voice throughout practice.
“He can talk. That’s the biggest thing, I’ve got to ignore that and remember what I’m doing,” tight end Crockett Gillmore said. “The guy steps on the field, and he’s changing the game. He’s a guy that has also done it for a long time. Instincts – he had no idea that play [ the interception] was coming. We hadn’t run it all camp. He’s making plays and being the guy we expect.”
Gillmore was asked whether Suggs’ constant trash talk is directed at any individual players or just the offense in general.
“He talks to whoever is walking by, it doesn’t matter. I feel bad for the kids, he might call them out. There’s no telling,” Gillmore said. “You hear him before you see him, but you also know who it is. It’s not like it’s some random person. He has that demeanor and he backs it up.”
Earlier in practice, Suggs dove in an attempt to thwart a run play at the line of scrimmage. Coaches asked him to ease up a bit.
He later jumped into a drill for defensive backs where safeties and cornerbacks track down tennis balls hit high into the air. Suggs ran the ball down perfectly and smoothly caught it over his shoulder, drawing an applause from the bleachers.
Even when Suggs was not on the field, the defense seemed to dominate Wednesday’s practice.
“He brings a special type of energy with him. He’s definitely one of those guys that’s almost like having a coach with you,” defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan said.
“When we’re out there together and he sees something ... Sometimes he’s telling me, ‘ The play is coming to you,’” he continued. “He hasn’t told me anything wrong in three years. Every time he has been beside me and said, ‘ This is what’s about to happen,’ it’s happened.”
Suggs tore his Achilles last season in a Week 1 loss to the Denver Broncos. He passed the team’s conditioning test earlier in camp between his coach’s back, but was still absent until Monday. Suggs was limited in 11- on- 11 situations during his first two practices, but finally showed Wednesday how ready he was.
“He came back in really good shape,” Harbaugh said. “He took the couple weeks here – the early weeks in camp – to really improve on that. He’s in excellent condition.”
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Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco admitted Tuesday that his knee is not 100 percent, but said that it feels great. He is unsure if he’ll play against the Indianapolis Colts in Saturday’s preseason game.
Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs intercepted quarterback Joe Flacco and returned it for a touchdown Wednesday.