As in any football rivalry, there have been moments when those on one side of the Steelers-Ravens divide have wished ill will on those on the other side.
That’s just the way these things go. In an interview with 105.7 The Fan in Baltimore, via ESPN.com, Steelers General Manager Kevin Colbert said that those feelings don’t extend to Terrell Suggs’ injury. While they probably don’t mind the fact that Suggs might not be bearing down on Ben Roethlisberger this season, Colbert said that the Steelers aren’t celebrating Suggs’ Achilles injury.
“Honestly, all of our guys feel for those guys, not that there’s any love lost between Baltimore and Pittsburgh,” Colbert said. “But we obviously respect the hell out of Terrell Suggs and what he can do. We’ve had it happen to us. We lost Willie Colon the June prior to last year. When you lose great players, there’s no cheering. There’s no celebration or anything like that because it can happen to your team. It has happened to our team. You feel for the great player who has to work his way back onto the field. The respect is mutual. Baltimore will find a way. We know that.”
Suggs backed off his optimistic promises to be back in November, but he’s still aiming for a return this season. The Ravens and Steelers play on November 18 and December 2, which might mean it will take a third meeting in the playoffs for Suggs to play a role in this year’s edition of the rivalry.