BALTIMORE – Although it was obvious that Baltimore Ravens Pro Bowl outside linebacker Terrell Suggs still doesn’t completely trust his left knee, he managed to gut it out and didn’t seriously aggravate the injury Sunday.
Suggs made his return to the starting lineup after missing the past three games with a sprained medial collateral ligament suffered on an illegal block by Cleveland Browns quarterback Brady Quinn.
In the first quarter of the Ravens’ 48-3 demolition of the Detroit Lions, Suggs limped off the field after getting roll-blocked in what looked like an intentional targeting of his knee.
“They went right after my knee,” Suggs said. “I tweaked it a little bit. I had to make an adjustment to the brace, but it was fine.”
Suggs didn’t make an impact as a pass rusher, but appeared to hold his own while recording four tackles in his first game back since getting hurt.
Afterward, he was sore.
“It felt good,” Suggs said. “They hit it on the second play of the game and it’s been hurting ever since, but you have to shake it off. I wasn’t going to give them the satisfaction.
“So, I shook it off, taped it up some more and got back in there. I put a little brace on it, but we just really taped it up tighter. That kind of let the pain go away and it was all right.”
Even with Suggs back in the lineup, the Ravens didn’t generate much of a pass rush. Lions quarterback Daunte Culpepper was only sacked once.
“I can’t say I was focusing on him, but I didn’t see any problems,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said of Suggs. “I saw him in the backfield against the run a lot. I saw him getting pressure. He had a little bit of a limp where he had to adjust the brace at one point, but he seemed fine after that.”