Terrell Suggs vows to play this year, “prove everyone wrong”

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Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs has confirmed that he suffered a torn Achilles tendon while working out last week, but he says that’s not as bad as it sounds.

Suggs told ESPN’s Rachel Nichols that he suffered only a “partial Achilles tear” and will be back on the field by the middle of the 2012 season.

The initial reports on Suggs’ injury suggested that he would miss the entire season (as players who suffer Achilles tears usually do), but Suggs said those reports will simply serve as motivation for him and “make it so much sweeter when I run out of that tunnel and prove everyone wrong.”

In fact, Suggs believes that he’ll be playing at a higher level than ever before when he gets back on the field.

“I’ve never had a real bad injury before,” Suggs said. “Sometimes you have to go through something like this to make you better.”

It’s hard to imagine Suggs being better than he was in 2011, when he was the NFL’s defensive player of the year. But the mere fact that Suggs believes he’ll be on the field at all is very good news for the Ravens.

112 responses to “Terrell Suggs vows to play this year, “prove everyone wrong”

  1. Ravens need to bring in a couple of those linebackers that Roethlisberger raped. They’ve brought him down almost as many times as Suggs has!

    Suggs will turn 30 in October, he’ll never be the same. ACL, maybe. Achilles, not a chance.

  2. Whats the big deal? Everyone knows Joe Flacco is the one that carries that team…..

  3. Get better soon dude. I hate the Ravens, and other than Fallujah, Baltimore is the least appealing city I’ve ever been to, but you hate to see such a great player cut down in his prime.

  4. He’s from the Rex Ryan school of yapping. Saying it’s going to happen over and over again in the face of contradictory precedent doesn’t make it so.

  5. But the mere fact that Suggs believes he’ll be on the field at all is very DELUSIONAL.

  6. Well considering they won’t be playing my Steelers until later in the season, and I’d hate to play against the Ravens without Suggs on the other side of the O-line, here’s to hoping he’s 100% correct and can make it back in time for the BEST DAMN GAMES THE NFL OFFERS ALL YEAR LONG!!

    Nothing but nothing beats the Steelers/Ratbirds games for sheer intensity.

  7. So Suggs’ ‘belief he’ll be on the field’ is more powerful than the modern medicine that will fix the injury? mmm..interesting

    As a steeler fan, news of the injury made my day…..so sad Baltimorons

  8. Whats with the me against the world attitude, Terrell? You did this to yourself….

  9. Ravens fans swear losing the DPOY is no big deal. Please, this guy made Ray Ray and Ed Reed look servicable out there.

    Hate that he got injured, but call it what it is… a devistating blow.

  10. Mid season, not likely. You can’t muscle an achilles injury. Tendons don’t work that way.

    I am a marathoner and had a heel spur removed from my achilles 5 months ago and I am just now running (still very painful). It wasn’t a even a tear.

  11. Then he went over to John Harbaugh’s house and picked him up off the floor, where coach had been lying in the fetal position sucking his thumb and sobbing.

  12. Terrell ……please……you need to sit your country ass down. You are NOT coming back from a torn Achilles by mid season. If you try it, you’ll get targeted by OL and TE’s that will plant you on your ass. Take the year off and come back in a year.

    Singed,
    Cincinnati Bengals

  13. “I’ve never had a real bad injury before,” Suggs said

    Which is why he doesn’t understand that he’s not playing this year.

  14. The Ravens play my Steelers late in the season. That will be big motivation for Suggs to recover. I wish him all the best in his rehab and hope he succeeds. The rivalry is more fun when the best players are on the field!

  15. Sounds like Suggs needs surgery to repair the tendon, if so I find it very hard to believe that he will be able to play this year let alone effectively.

  16. LOL, Karma for trying to deliberately re-injure Brady and then whining and crying and blaming Brady for it for years after.

  17. Ryan Clady tore his patella tendon around the same time during the 2010 off-season, and he came back for the season, but was not the same that year.

  18. I do not doubt his ability to comeback and play this year but the question is really at what level?
    I am a Dolphin fan I just remember when Marino cameback his calf was half the size on his injured leg and he had a visible limp for the remainder of his career. Sugg’s game is all predicated on strength and quickness. I hope I am wrong but he may never be the same player again.

  19. Suggs told ESPN’s Rachel Nichols that he… will be back on the field by the middle of the 2012 season.

    Translation: Please don’t put me on IR, I need my money.

  20. Ain’t gonna happen. Most guys miss a full year with an Achilles and it’s usually closer to two before they start looking like the guy they once were – if they ever do. It’s a devastating injury.

  21. Too bad, great player. At least raven fans have a built in excuse for when the Pats come in and blow them out to rub it in Harbaugh’s face.

  22. Don’t push it Suggs, not with an achilles. I’m telling you. You’ve got to rehab all the way on this one.

  23. So is T-Fizzle’s medical degree from AZ St.? A fine institution if there ever was one. I bet its up there with Oral Roberts.

  24. History tells us two things about torn ACLs. One, players do tend to have stronger knees after they heal from the injury, particularly after surgery. Two, players tend to require a full year to recover from the injury before they are able to play at 100% again (see Brady, Tom; Lewis, Jamal; Welker, Wes).

    I’d love to see Suggs take the field for even half the season if it’s possible. But I don’t want his ego to be his undoing.

  25. Suggs can believe all he wants. Having never been through a serious injury, once ‘belief’ meets ‘reality’ I don’t think he’ll be so jazzed-up.

    Unfortunate.

  26. southpaw2k says: History on ACL’s says…..
    !?!?!?!?!?!

    He did not tear his ACL…. He tore his Achillies…

    No football this year…. Maybe he can be 50% by the end of the season.

    I am dying to hear whinebaugh talk about this.. and, thanks to the Pats for stealing Hightower in the draft….. Balt has lost a lot of linebackers in the last few weeks….

    Johnson, Suggs, (Hightower… snaked by Pats), and I cant wait to see Ray Lewis try and cover Steeler speed this year…

    Honestly I prefer to beat Balt with Suggs whining… along with his coach..

  27. Great sound bite Terrel, but ask Shawne Merriman how he came back from injuries. You don’t have superhuman healing abilities no matter the rhetoric.

  28. southpaw2k says:
    May 3, 2012 12:35 PM
    History tells us two things about torn ACLs. One, players do tend to have stronger knees after they heal from the injury, particularly after surgery. Two, players tend to require a full year to recover from the injury before they are able to play at 100% again (see Brady, Tom; Lewis, Jamal; Welker, Wes).

    I’d love to see Suggs take the field for even half the season if it’s possible. But I don’t want his ego to be his undoing.

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    Did you even read the article or what type of injury??

  29. He’s a hell of a player with a hell of a heart. Unfortunately, i don’t care who you are, you aint coming back 5-6 months after tearing your ACL. Just isn’t happening.

  30. History tells us one of two things about southpaw2k. One, he did not read the article. Two, he does not know the difference between an ACL and an achilles.

  31. It”s not an ACL, it’s an achilles tendon, much worse of an injury!
    Why do people keep saying ACL in the comments?
    He won’t be back!

  32. twigsandberries says:As a steeler fan, news of the injury made my day…..so sad Baltimorons
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    Never will understand this point of view. I want my team to face the best players of their rivals. I wouldn’t want Aaron Rodgers out for the season,I want to defeat him!!

  33. A team full of jackasses.

    Coach Hardbaughs
    Joe Flaccid
    T – Drizzle
    R-Murder Lewis
    and the rest of the Ratbirds

    I hope he comes back early to ruin his following year

  34. Well, I wish him the best, but a partial tear is nothing that you can just bounce back from, because you will always favor that opposite side of your leg and over compensate on that leg which could lead to other problems. Lavar Arrington had an achilles injury and never returned to full strength (the player he used to be).

  35. It’s as if the football gods said “OK Baltimore, you’ve had your once-in-a-decade fluke North championship. Division goes back to its rightful owners in Pittsburgh now.”

    But really, I hope he comes back. I hate to be denied the sight of DeCastro kicking his sorry butt all over the field.

  36. Terrell- coming back too soon will end your career too soon. Listen to your doctors and coaches. Forget about next season.

  37. I’m not comparing myself to this level of an athlete, but coming from someone who ruptured his Achilles, not a chance in the world he plays this year.

  38. I remember when he deliberately dove at Brady’s knees late last year.

    Boo hoo for your injury, T-Fizzle.

  39. Only in the NFL can a torn achilles tendon be “not as bad as it sounds.”

  40. twigsandberries says:As a steeler fan, news of the injury made my day…..so sad Baltimorons
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    Never will understand this point of view. I want my team to face the best players of their rivals. I wouldn’t want Aaron Rodgers out for the season,I want to defeat him!!

    Coming from a Vikings fan..ahaha…You want your team to win right? I don’t care who plays, I want my team to win. Suggs wasn’t intentionally hurt via a Saints bounty, he was being a dufus in the off-season. Being a Vikings fan and beating Rodgers?..good luck.

  41. ampatsisahypocrite says:May 3, 2012 1:20 PM

    It’s as if the football gods said “OK Baltimore, you’ve had your once-in-a-decade fluke North championship. Division goes back to its rightful owners in Pittsburgh now.”
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    3rd in a last decade, actually.

  42. Cue the mindless buffoons and the editor of this site and faux journalist to blame Suggs injury on Saints.

    Perhaps the guy who made the basketball court he tore his Achilles also worked on the Superdome. Ahah.

  43. twigsandberries – if the city of s&itsburg disappeared (along with the urchins that inhabit it), it would make the USA’s day!

  44. Obviously you’ve never had a big injury if you’re promising when you’re going to be back. But go ahead and rush back…that way when you completely tear it on your first play, you’ll understand why it has nothing to do with proving anyone wrong.

  45. One thing is certain – Rothlisberger wants him to take as much time to get better as possible.

  46. “I’ve never had a real bad injury before,” Suggs said.

    ——————–

    Which means he also doesn’t know how his body is going to react to the recovery.

    I hate to say it, but he may very well reinjure himself trying to get back too soon.

  47. While he was busy hitting the books at Ball So Hard U, his achilles must have been taking night classes at Essex Community College two nights a week.

  48. As a Pats fan, I know Suggs is an absolute BEAST on the field, and I really wish him well…but the odds aren’t exactly with him on this one. I believe the normal turnaround time for an Achilles Tear is something like 11 months? Either way, he’s an awesome player, and I certainly hope he’s able to overcome this as quickly and safely as possible.

  49. God some of you guys are so classless. You can bet I wouldn’t be acting like this is the pats had any defenders worth naming who got hurt, or Woodley or Harrison get hurt.

    Classless. And you guys wanna talk about karma.

  50. I’ve had this injury. He may think otherwise but the only football he will play this year is Madden.

  51. I agree with Deb, we wish the best because we want to play the best. Unfortunately that won’t be happening this season. Ravens light just went out.

  52. I hope it’s just a partial that can heal in time for the upcoming season.
    I love to hate Suggs and I’ll be disappointed if he isn’t there week 3

  53. Demaryius Thomas suffered the same partial tear last year, he came back in 8 months in what Md.’s called a “miraculous” recovery, that being said he still was admittedly not near 100% last year (still good enough to torch the Steelers).

    There are some similarities (both physical freaks). Unfortunately Ratbird fans, there are a few differences, He is 22, works hard and spends his offseason working out not pouring bleach on his child and fiance…allegedly.

    Cheapshot artist karma.

  54. Some of you people are disgusting. First, Suggs wins DPOY and the haters come out and say he wasn’t that good and it didn’t deserve it.

    Then Suggs gets injured and the haters come on to say the Ravens cannot win without him and how he was the whole Ravens defense. Wow….talk about hypocrites.

    Let me know when these other divisional teams are relevant again. So the Ravens go 3-0 without Lewis, what makes you think Suggs is any different? Next man up. No excuses, they don’t need them. Do you know why? Because no one challenged them. Browns, swept. Bengals, swept. Steelers, swept! Until those teams can even prove they’re in the same category as the Ravens (try winning a game to start), shush!

  55. Hate to use this word…but…..KARMA

    Harbaugh cheap shots NE/NO..bigtime, when he should keep his mouth shut….and find a place kicker who can hit a chip shot.

    Payback too…cause Suggs has got himself a big mouth, and nothing intelligent comes out of it either.

  56. 2012 AFC Championship Game in NE:
    Somwhere in the 1st Quarter:
    T-Spindle gets trucked flat on his Mouthy-A$$ a second or 2 after the snap by Gronk.
    CLASSIC!
    Aside from Sterling Moore knocking the ball out of Evans hand, the best play the Pats made that day.
    GRONK!

    Too bad, I wanted NE to face the best Balt has to offer and crush Whiney-Harbaugh number 1 …Again

  57. Suggs is a complete idiot, he is as close to a primate as any human alive! He says he kill be back sooner because t s only a partial tear. If he had a brain or someone to filter his ignorant yapper he would know that a ” partial” tear is as devastating as a full ter. Once a ligament is stretched or torn “partially as well) it can not regain its elasticity. Therefore complete replacement is required! He will be out the mitre year without a doubt, after that it’s anyone’s guess if he ever regains normal effectiveness again. Probably not or a guy his size with the physical requirments needed to be a linebacker. So long Suggs, I was nice knowing you!!

  58. Hey Ravenator it was only two years ago that the Bengals swept he division. What’s your point? Let s talk after the season, B mores luck is surely about to end nd its back to Balti who!!

  59. ampatsisahypocrite says:May 3, 2012 1:20 PM

    But really, I hope he comes back. I hate to be denied the sight of DeCastro kicking his sorry butt all over the field.

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    You won’t get to see this unless DeCastro moves to LT or Suggs moves to ILB. I don’t think these are too likely.

  60. thepvyharvin says:May 3, 2012 1:16 PM

    twigsandberries says:As a steeler fan, news of the injury made my day…..so sad Baltimorons
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    Never will understand this point of view. I want my team to face the best players of their rivals. I wouldn’t want Aaron Rodgers out for the season,I want to defeat him!!

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    Well, in the light of Bountygate, the players apparently don’t feel this way.

  61. @ravenator

    Let me know when the Ravens actually get to a Super Bowl then you might, and that’s a BIG might, be in the same class as the Steelers. Untill then keep yapping like your boy Suggs.

  62. If he plans on returning..He might want to contact Trell Ownes…..he played in Philly with a injury! He was up and running before anyone thought he would! GO GET EM t sizzzle!!

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