OWINGS MILLS — The Baltimore Ravens have ruled out Pro Bowl outside linebacker Terrell Suggs for Sunday’s game against the Indianapolis Colts due to a minor tear of his right medial collateral ligament.
It’s a fairly serious injury suffered when Cleveland Browns quarterback Brady Quinn illegally launched himself at Suggs’ knees.
As a consequence, Quinn was fined $10,000 by the league office and admonished for a dangerous play that has been characterized as a cheap shot by Ravens middle linebacker Ray Lewis.
Quinn apologized again Wednesday, but Lewis hasn’t backed off of his stance that it was an inexcusable and unprovoked action.
“Respect the game the way the game is supposed to be played," Lewis said. "I understand what Brady Quinn is saying after the fact, but when you go diving at a man’s knee when he doesn’t even have the football? Whatever. You penalize us as defensive players so much for doing our jobs, and then you see someone not doing his job, just spearing a man’s knee?
"That ain’t good football. You can’t just apologize and say, ‘Oh, I didn’t mean to do it.’ People don’t realize that’s life-changing. That’s someone’s career. There is no dollar amount on losing someone like him. So, to lose a man on a play that’s not within the rules of the game? That hurts."
Suggs is expected to miss at least two to three weeks, if not longer. He will not require surgery, but had a second magnetic resonance imaging exam conducted to confirm the initial diagnosis.
“It’s a sprained ligament, basically, I guess is how we’re describing it,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. “It’s got to heal on its own. There’s no procedure that’s going to have to be done, and we’ll just see how fast it heals.”
Suggs didn’t conduct interviews today. He was at the training complex wearing a big brace on his knee and is limping noticeably.
Rookie second-round pick Paul Kruger is slated to start in Suggs’ place.
Even though Quinn was fined for his hit on Suggs, the Ravens are still angry.
"I was disappointed," Harbaugh said. "I don’t think Brady Quinn is the type of guy who goes out and tries to hurt anyone. He’s a class kid, always has been, but that’s an illegal block.
"The reason it’s illegal is because it causes injuries. There is no reason to do that, and we’re disappointed with that."
Quinn reiterated that he feels badly about what happened.
"Again, I’m apologizing to him and the rest of the team," Quinn told Cleveland reporters. "I wasn’t trying to go for him. I was trying to go for the ball-carrier. Unfortunately, a thing like that can happen. I’m praying for him. Hopefully, he’ll be all right.
"Yeah, I can see why they’d be upset, but again, I mean, he wasn’t even in my vision. I was trying to get to the ball. He cut across my face as I was already trying to jump down for the tackle."
Meanwhile, Ravens defensive end Dwan Edwards was fined $5,000 for his crushing forearm shiver to the facemask of Browns wide receiver Joshua Cribbs on the final play of the game.
Edwards has said that the hit on the hook-and-ladder play that caused Cribbs to be carted off the field wasn’t a case of him seeking revenge for the Suggs shot.
The Ravens were surprised that Edwards was fined at all.
Cribbs, who didn’t practice today after being released from the hospital early Tuesday morning after testing negative for concussion symptoms and neck problems, said there are no hard feelings.
“A lot of the Ravens’ guys reached out to me and let me know that it wasn’t on purpose,” Cribbs said. “It wasn’t intended. It happened all so quick. He thought I was going to try to come and block him.
“I thought I pitched the ball. They assured me that they didn’t mean anything by it. It was no revenge, nothing like it.”
INJURY UPDATE: Tight end Todd Heap didn’t practice due to sore ribs. He’s considered to be a question mark for Sunday.
Besides Suggs, center Matt Birk (neck) and running back Matt Lawrence (knee) also didn’t practice.
Defensive tackle Haloti Ngata expects to return Sunday after missing the past two games with a sprained right ankle. He was limited in practice.
“My ankle feels much better, so I’m definitely going to be playing on Sunday,” he said. “I was really close to playing Monday, but my change of direction wasn’t quite there. They just didn’t want me to aggravate it and be out longer. I expect to be out there this game.”
Quarterback Joe Flacco has a minor knee injury, but participated fully.
So did inside linebacker Tavares Gooden (concussion) and outside linebacker Jarret Johnson (left shoulder).
Gooden declined to comment on his injury. This latest concussion is a cause for concern because Gooden has a history of them.
Thirteen Colts didn’t practice Wednesday: wide receiver Hank Baskett (illness), safety Antoine Bethea (foot), offensive tackle Dan Fedrkeil (concussion), defensive tackle Eric Foster (back), defensive back Aaron Francisco (ankle), defensive end Dwight Freeney (non-injury related), wide receivers Pierre Garcon (ankle) and Anthony Gonzalez (knee), cornerback Kelvin Hayden (knee), tight end Gijon Robinson (concussion), long snapper Justin Snow (elbow), quarterback Jim Sorgi (right shoulder) and kicker Adam Vinatieri (right knee).
ROSTER MOVES: Reserve safety Haruki Nakamura was placed on injured reserve with a broken right ankle.
The Ravens promoted rookie safety K.J. Gerard from the practice squad and signed former Iowa defensive back Marcus Paschal to the practice squad.
“It feels good,” Gerard said. “I just want to play as soon as possible and get a chance.”
TRYOUT: Besides working out Paschal, who has a background with Harbaugh from his days with the Philadelphia Eagles when he was the secondary coach, the Ravens also tried out former San Diego Chargers safety Clinton Hart, former Dallas Cowboys safety Keith Davis, former Tampa Bay Buccaneers seventh-round defensive back Hamza Abdullah and former Cincinnati Bengals defensive back Herana-Daze Jones.
QUICK HITS: Harbaugh defended New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick’s controversial decision to go for it on 4th-and-2 in a loss to the Colts rather than punt the football with a six-point lead. “I will say this: obviously, I understand trying to win the game, what you’re trying to do as a head coach is everything you can do to try to win a game and give yourself the best chance to win," Harbaugh said. "Sometimes ,you’ve got to look past the criticism you’re going to take. When you’re standing there and trying to make a decision, you flash a lot of things through your mind, and one of them is that if this doesn’t work, how bad is this going to be? Bill Belichick’s been around a long time, and he’s a proven coach and probably if you look at it, the odds were probably with him. The numbers were probably on his side. So, he’s got a pretty good chance of picking that up. That’s no disrespect to the defense. It’s just the fact that these guys can win the game for me on this play, and he took a shot at doing it, which was pretty gutsy." … Including the playoffs, the Ravens have lost their past six games against the Colts. … Punter Sam Koch and long snapper Matt Katula are helping new kicker Billy Cundiff get acclimated and are trying to build some quick timing. “It has a lot to do with how he wants the laces placed and things like that,” Koch said. “The fact that he’s been in the league for a while helps make this easier.” … Koch said he has spoken with former kicker Steve Hauschka, who was cut Tuesday after a string of misses. “He was very mellow, just distraught,” Koch said. He had his hopes up high, but he wasn’t going to let this tear him down. Hopefully, he gets another try and proves to somebody that he can still do it.” Added Harbaugh: “We were hoping it would work out with Steve. You’d love for the young guy you bring in to be the kicker for the next 10 years. That’s always the goal. We took it as long as we could. This season and these next couple of games are really important, and he’s just not there yet.” Asked what prevented Hauschka from succeeding, Harbaugh replied: “He’s just not ready to handle the pressure of those kicks at this time. He will. If he doesn’t, he won’t make it.” … Harbaugh is excited about the impressive run his brother, Jim Harbaugh, is on as the Stanford coach. “I couldn’t be more proud or more thrilled of what Jim’s done,” he said. “He’s building a powerhouse out there. For him to take the program from what it had been and to change the whole personality of that football team to the type of team they are right now, I couldn’t be more proud of him. It’s amazing.”