Terrell Suggs Injury: How Torn Achilles Affects Ravens' Super Bowl Chances

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Terrell Suggs Injury: How Torn Achilles Affects Ravens' Super Bowl Chances
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UPDATE (2:02 p.m. ET): Terrell Suggs, for one, believes he'll be back on the field sometime in 2012, despite reports that his Achilles injury will keep him out for the entire season. 

The Ravens linebacker tweeted on Thursday:

 

 

 

UPDATE (11:07 a.m. ET): It is now unclear whether Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs tore his Achilles playing basketball or whether he sustained the injury in a conditioning test, according to another tweet from ESPN's Adam Schefter.

In a positive turn of events for Baltimore fans, a source told Schefter that Suggs thinks he could be back by October:

 

 

 

Without Terrell Suggs, the Ravens are going to have a hard time repeating the run they made in the 2012 postseason. 

According to tweets from 105.7 The Fan and Adam Schefter, the Ravens linebacker tore his Achilles playing basketball and will likely miss the entire 2012 season:

Suggs' impact was instrumental for the Ravens last season, who made it to the AFC Championship Game but lost to New England when Billy Cundiff missed a potentially game-tying, 32-yard field goal with 11 seconds remaining.

According to Schefter, the team found out about Suggs' injury on Monday. Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome said Suggs would be seeing a specialist early next week.

The Ravens' defense was one of the best in the league in 2011, finishing fourth in passing yards allowed and second in rushing yards allowed. Suggs, the reigning Defensive Player of the Year, was a primary reason for that. He finished the season with 70 total tackles, 14 sacks, six passes defensed, two interceptions and seven forced fumbles, a franchise record.

Behind Suggs, the Ravens have Paul Kruger—who has three years of experience and 26 career tackles—and Edgar Jones, who has 22 career tackles to his name.

Suggs brought some much-needed experience and youth to a linebacking corps that lost Jarret Johnson to free agency and that needs leadership behind an aging Ray Lewis. In last week's draft, the Ravens selected linebacker Courtney Upshaw, an edge rusher who was meant to complement Suggs—and who now must pay off, or else the Ravens are in trouble. 

The Ravens' defense was the primary reason they were able to make it to the AFC Championship Game in 2012, and it forced Tom Brady into one of his worst games of the year. Suggs, who had five tackles and one quarterback hit in the game, led a defense that forced Brady into two interceptions and held New England's rushing attack to a total of 96 yards.

Without Suggs, it's hard to imagine Baltimore getting back to that point. 

Unless Upshaw miraculously ends up equaling Suggs' production, the Ravens' defense is in for a steep fall in 2012.

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