Baltimore Ravens star linebacker Terrell Suggs was activated from the physically unable to perform list Saturday, and he will join the team Sunday for their matchup against the Houston Texans, according to the Ravens’ official Twitter account:
Terrell Suggs has been moved to the active roster, and the team has cut OLB Sergio Kindle.— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) October 20, 2012
UPDATE: Sunday, Oct. 21 at 11:45 a.m. ET
After hearing rumors that Suggs would be active for the Ravens against Houston, the team has confirmed it via Twitter by announcing the star linebacker is playing.
Terrell Suggs is active. He is playing today against the Texans.— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) October 21, 2012
Considering that the Ravens lost Ray Lewis, the heart of the defense for the last 15 years, and Lardarius Webb in the secondary, they needed some kind of spark without risking a severe drop in production.
Suggs certainly has the presence and aura to create problems for the Texans, but his stamina and in-game shape are going to be questioned until he proves he can go all-out.
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UPDATE: Sunday, October 21 at 9:49 a.m. ET
Sources tell @mortreport that Terrell Suggs (tore Achilles in April) will be a game-time decision for Ravens-Texans.— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) October 21, 2012
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ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting that not only will Suggs be on the roster, but he will play:
Though few believed it and most doubted it, Ravens LB Terrell Suggs was activated today and will play Sunday vs. Houston via @mortreport— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 20, 2012
After losing legendary middle linebacker Ray Lewis to what could be season-ending triceps surgery, the need for Suggs has grown exponentially over the last week.
While many didn’t expect the veteran to be ready for action this soon, Baltimore’s need for defensive help has been answered by Suggs.
What It Means
This is great news for the Ravens and their fans, but cutting a veteran like Sergio Kindle is a bit of a shocker in this situation (h/t The Baltimore Sun).
With a serious need for depth at all of the linebacker spots and a high chance that Suggs could re-injure himself after returning so fast, letting go of a player who could be a viable NFL starter is questionable.
Baltimore was already depending on Suggs to play an important role on the team, but adding the injuries to Ray Lewis and the departure of Kindle has made this task even tougher.
The Ravens have to make sure that Suggs is honest about his injury and how it feels. Even if it means leaving a game early, Suggs has to do what is best for the team.
The last thing Baltimore needs is its star linebacker pushing through pain and re-injuring himself. As long as the Ravens have Suggs for the playoffs, they will be better off.
Baltimore’s 2011 Defensive Player of the Year will be a huge addition back into the lineup, but the Ravens must be sure to ease the veteran into action and not let him push too hard yet.
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