OWINGS MILLS — The Baltimore Ravens aren’t giving up on a potential return this season for Pro Bowl outside linebacker Terrell Suggs after he suffered a partially torn Achilles tendon during the final day of the NFL draft.
Now that the reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year has had the damage repaired during a surgical procedure by noted North Carolina orthopedist Dr. Robert Anderson and since been examined by the Ravens’ medical staff, the defending AFC North champions agree with Suggs’ assessment that he could return in four to six months.
"I’ll take that outlook, I’m on board for that," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said Sunday following a rookie minicamp at team headquarters. "That’s everything that we’ve heard from the doctors would be consistent with that. Everything Terrell has said about it, from my understanding, has been right on. It’s just going to depend on the injury, the healing process and his effort and his work."
The Ravens drafted Alabama All-American hybrid outside linebacker Courtney Upshaw in the second round with the 35th overall pick and are auditioning him at Suggs’ rush outside linebacker spot. They will also utilize Paul Kruger, Pernell McPhee and others to provide a pass rush.
"We’re a team," Harbaugh said. "That’s why you draft guys and bring guys in. It’s never about one guy ever. I know Terrell said that and all our guys said that. We’ve done that before.
"We’ve handled losses to our biggest stars, Ray [Lewis], Ed [Reed] and now Terrell. It’s all happened in the last two years. It will be up to all of us to do a little bit better and we intend to improve everything we do, including our defense."