It’s tough to be Terrell Suggs. It might be even tougher to be a Baltimore Ravens fan this season. Recent reports have it that the mighty linebacker tore his Achilles tendon during a game of basketball. Terrell, himself, quickly debunked the basketball theory. A more accurate description of how the Achilles tear occurred was said to have been related to off-season training. OoooooK, that works for me!
Suggs also added that he believed it was only a partial tear and would hopefully have corrective surgery sometime next week. Suggs tweeted that he will be back in a Ravens uniform in 2012. When that announcement was met with sceptical eye rolling, Suggs reaffirmed that he’ll be back playing…definitely, by the end of November.
The typical Achilles injury takes a minimum 6 months to heal – most patients require the better part of a year, for their post-surgical rehabilitation. No doubt, Terrell is in “much-better-than-typical” shape. It’s just too early to put a time-frame on Sugg’s return. Let’s hope for the best, but not be surprised by a longer rehabilitation period.
The Baltimore Ravens have commented publicly, “We are in contact with Terrell. He will see a specialist early next week, and we’ll know more at that time.”
For Terrell Suggs to miss any of the 2012 season will most likely be a pretty strong left hook to the jaw of the Baltimore Ravens. In the 2011 season there were 70 tackles and 40 sacks that wouldn’t have occurred if Suggs weren’t on the field. Those are big numbers for a single defensive player. It’s true, with the drafting of defensive end/outside linebacker Courtney Upshaw, the Ravens should be okay from a depth perspective. Quantity won’t be the issue with the Baltimore Ravens. The difference will come in the form of quality; a newly drafted player versus a veteran game-changer.
Stay tuned for the post-operative update, next week, on the Baltimore Ravens linebacker, Terrell Suggs.