It’s no secret that the loss of the reigning Defensive Player of the Year has hurt the Ravens so far this season, but will his return immediately boost the struggling pass rush?
Terrell Suggs went down this offseason with a torn Achilles tendon. Initial reports were that we wouldn’t see him back on the field in 2012 until the playoffs, if at all. Fortunately for Ravens fans, Suggs has recovered faster than most have anticipated. The two target return dates are week seven against the Houston Texans and week nine against the Cleveland Browns. Suggs is obviously pushing for the closer date, but the team seems to prefer for him to take the extra week during the bye to ensure that he’s ready to go.
My only concern with such a quick return for Terrell Suggs is how effective he will be. If Suggs is not at 100%, he will not only risk re-injury but will also hurt the team’s production. A 75% Suggs may not be as good as a fully healthy Paul Kruger or Courtney Upshaw, so it may not be worth the risk for to rush back on the field. Only Suggs knows how ready he is, and we as fans must trust that he’ll know when he is ready to come back.
It’d be pretty miraculous if Suggs was able to continue his defensive MVP play from 2011 after such a serious injury so I think it would be short-sighted to expect the Suggs we grew used to last season. However, such an immense talent would provide a boost to the Ravens if healthy. Not only physically but also morally as T-Sizzle has become a vocal leader and veteran presence among the defense.
While the Ravens could most definitely use a healthy Suggs against the fearsome Texans in two weeks, I’d much rather know that when I see #55 on the field, he’ll be there for the rest of the season.
When would you prefer to see Terrell Suggs return?