Terrell Suggs Reportedly Will Be Activated from PUP List by Ravens

Donald WoodFeatured ColumnistOctober 16, 2012

BALTIMORE, MD - JANUARY 15:  Terrell Suggs #55 of the Baltimore Ravens reacts during the third quarter of the AFC Divisional playoff game against the Houston Texans at M&T Bank Stadium on January 15, 2012 in Baltimore, Maryland.  (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
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After losing first-ballot Hall of Fame linebacker Ray Lewis to a season-ending triceps injury, the Baltimore Ravens may be receiving much better news concerning their other injured linebacker, Terrell Suggs, and his partially torn right Achilles' tendon.

UPDATE: Sunday, October 21 at 9:49 a.m. ET

Terrell Suggs (Achilles) is expected to be a game-time decision for today's matchup against the Houston Texans, according to ESPN's Chris Mortensen

Sources tell @mortreport that Terrell Suggs (tore Achilles in April) will be a game-time decision for Ravens-Texans.

— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) October 21, 2012


UPDATE: Thursday, October 18 at 12:50 p.m. ET

Amid conflicting reports on the status of Suggs' availability for Sunday against the Texans, The Baltimore Sun is now reporting that its source claims there is no way Suggs will be available to play.

Here's the latest from the source, per The Baltimore Sun:

"When asked about a report that Suggs will play Sunday, the source responded, "I would be shocked if he played."

Asked if he would play Sunday, Suggs replied: 'If it didn't come from coach [John] Harbaugh or myself, it''s not a credible source. There's no plan in place, take it day by day. We'll decide Sunday what's best for the team. Right now, we're just feeling it out. Come Sunday, I may or may not be out there."

Refuting an earlier ESPN report that Suggs is targeting a Week 7 return against Houston, team and league officials have made it clear that the approach with Suggs is a cautious one. He just practiced for the first time on Wednesday, and was a limited participant at that.

As Sunday approaches, Suggs will likely be a game-time decision for a defense that's in desperate need of his leadership and veteran presence. Keep checking back with B/R for all the latest updates on Suggs and if he'll be available to play on Sunday.

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UPDATE: Thursday, October 18 at 10:48 a.m. ET

Updating a previous item, it appears there is not a plan in place by the Ravens to have Suggs return this Sunday against the Texans. NFL.com's Albert Breer has the latest:

...Terrell Suggs may be off the physically unable to perform list, but there is no specific plan at this point -- on the part of either the player or the Baltimore Ravens -- as to when the linebacker will return to the field, according to three sources connected to the situation.

Suggs is taking his rehab "day by day," according to a source with knowledge of his condition and mindset, and has "no idea" on when he'll be considered game-ready for the Ravensto activate him...

Suggs' rehab has gone as well as could be expected, but the club source said he'd be "shocked" if the All-Pro was able to play Sunday against the Houston Texans.


UPDATE: Thursday, October 18 at 8:14 a.m. ET

Terrell Suggs (Achilles) is reportedly aiming to return this Sunday against the Houston Texans. ESPN's Adam Schefter has the latest:

Despite returning to practice only Wednesday from a torn Achilles in April, Ravens LB Terrell Suggs is targeting and expecting to play Sunday versus Houston, according to league sources. Sources said that even Suggs’ family and friends have plans to travel to Houston in anticipation of watching him stage one of the quickest returns from this type of significant injury that any athlete ever has. 


UPDATE: Wednesday, October 17 at 11:23 a.m. ET

Terrell Suggs will practice today, according to the Baltimore Ravens' official Twitter account

Terrell Suggs will practice today, meaning he's coming off the PUP list.

— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) October 17, 2012


Ravens insider Aaron Wilson of The Baltimore Sun is reporting about Suggs' status on the PUP list and what his practice schedule will be like after returning to the team:

Pro Bowl outside linebacker Terrell Suggs is expected to be activated from the physically unable to perform list this week and will participate in practice on an extremely limited basis, according to a league source.

That doesn't mean that Suggs will be playing Sunday against the Houston Texans or even this month. The timetable for Suggs to return is still most likely in November.

While the news that Suggs will not be in the starting lineup this week isn’t the immediate help the team needed, Suggs' imminent return will keep the team on the right track in the tough AFC North.

After winning the 2011 Defensive Player of the Year award, Suggs has missed the entire 2012 season so far with the injured Achilles he suffered during the offseason.

As much as the team will want to rush the veteran back into the lineup, the report says that, “Although Suggs has made steady progress in his rehabilitation, the Ravens have no intentions of doing anything to risk a potential setback and aggravate the injury.”

Suggs is a defensive monster when he is healthy, and the loss of a veteran leader like Lewis will put more of an emphasis on the timetable for his return. With that said, the team has its sights set on the Super Bowl.

Despite the desire from the team to get its star linebacker back on the field to help the team, the stellar play of the offense and the remaining pieces to the Ravens' defensive puzzle will carry the Ravens until Suggs is back to full strength.

As long as the veteran is back to 100 percent for the playoff run, Baltimore will still be a serious Super Bowl contender this year.


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