Gene Sweeney Jr., Baltimore Sun
September 10, 2012
Team and league sources are saying that the Pro Bowl outside linebacker will attempt to play Sunday after partially tearing his right Achilles tendon in late April.
This seems extremely early.
If Suggs does follow through with those intentions and is effective enough in warmups for the team to be comfortable activating him, then he's not expected to have a major impact on the game as he has months of rust to knock off, scar tissue to work through and some flexibility and conditioning obstacles to overcome.
Suggs is the reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year, and there are some very important games down the road for which the Ravens will want him to be 100 percent.
If the Ravens ultimately choose to play him, look for an extremely limited situational pass rusher role.
If they opt to be cautious and hold him out, then they can try this again after the bye week on the road against the Cleveland Browns.
Either way, it's an encouraging sign for Suggs that he's even active this early.
The Ravens' defense sorely needs a shot in the arm, and Suggs' presence as a pass rusher, run-stopper and trash-talker could provide a lift for a unit that has definitely lost its old swagger.
If Suggs plays, it won't be an easy return against an extremely athletic left tackle in Duane Brown.
Brown hasn't been called for holding since 2008, has blocked for three 1,000-yard rushers and is regarded as one of the top blockers in the game.