Suggs’ status uncertain for Sunday

Street Talk Suggs’ status uncertain for Sunday

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OWINGS MILLS — Although Pro Bowl linebacker Terrell Suggs has guaranteed he won’t be sidelined for Sunday’s AFC title game because of an injury that team officials termed a strained right shoulder, Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh didn’t sound nearly as optimistic about Suggs’ status.

Harbaugh revealed that Suggs had a magnetic resonance imaging exam performed to determine the extent of the damage suffered when he sacked Tennessee Titans quarterback Kerry Collins, adding that Suggs’ outlook to play against the Pittsburgh Steelers would "be close."

"I’m not going to sit here and say it’s positive, or we’re happy about it," Harbaugh said. "We’ll just see how it goes. It’s going to be close. He’s going to work real hard to try to get back. That’s all we know."

When Suggs left the game in the first half of a 13-10 AFC divisional playoff win Saturday, it was announced that his return was questionable. Then, he never played again in the second half.

Suggs, who ranks second in franchise history behind Peter Boulware with 53 career sacks, has never missed a game in six NFL seasons with a consecutive game streak of 96 games.

"Check my track record, I don’t miss games," Suggs said after the game. "The only way I wouldn’t be there is if I didn’t have air in my lungs. I’m playing. It’s nothing. What did I tell y’all? I don’t even feel it now."

Meanwhile, cornerback Samari Rolle’s groin injury is the Ravens’ biggest concern besides Suggs. Rolle left the game in the third quarter Saturday and didn’t return..

"We’re concerned about a lot of guys, and Samari is one of them," Harbaugh said. "Samari has a chance to get back there, and we’ll see what happens as the week goes on."

Strong safety Jim Leonhard said he only suffered a minor concussion on his fumble-causing tackle of tight end Alge Crumpler and felt much better by Sunday.

"I should be ready to go," Leonhard said. "Hopefully, they won’t hold me out of anything this week."

Rookie running back Ray Rice played in his first game since suffering a shin contusion of his left leg against the Washington Redskins last month, making a brief cameo appearance in Tennessee.

"Ray will be ready to go," Harbaugh said. "He’s healthy, he’ll practice and we’re looking forward to seeing how much he plays as well."

Aaron Wilson covers the Baltimore Ravens for the Carroll County Times and the Annapolis Capital.
Photo by Sabina Moran.

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Aaron Wilson covers the NFL for National Football Post as well as the Baltimore Ravens for The Carroll County Times and He has previously covered the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans and has covered the NFL since 1997.  He has won several regional writing awards, including, most recently, Best Sports News Story for the state of Maryland in voting conducted by the Associated Press managing editors. 

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