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Suggs moves closer to doing the unlikely

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From the moment Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs partially popped his Achilles tendon, his head assumed the consistency of stone.

Suggs knew he would play this year.

And it’s now clear that the 2011 defensive player of the year has been the driving force behind the unexpected speed of his return.  As Ian Rapoport of NFL Network explained this morning from Houston, where the Ravens will face the Texans, Suggs now wants to fill the void created by the absence of linebacker Ray Lewis.

It’s also becoming clear that some within the organization don’t want Suggs to rush back, but that they aren’t willing or able or inclined to try to keep him from playing.  How else can we explain the stream of reports, both local and national, contradicting the claims of Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter of ESPN?

It was Mort who first flagged today as the day of Suggs’ potential return two weeks ago, pointing out the difference of opinion between team and player.  Apparently, the team promptly started getting the word out that Suggs wouldn’t play so quickly.

This week, after Schefter reiterated there’s a chance that Suggs will face the Texans, others paused from the smoldering wreckage of their own misfires to gratuitously throw stones at Schefter’s story.

Now, the naysayers are looking foolish.  Though they can take some solace in the apparent reality that they were pawns in the broader push-and-pull between Suggs and his employer, those insisting that Suggs wouldn’t play on October 21 were misinformed.

Of course, there’s still a chance Suggs won’t play.  Rapaport says it could be only a couple of plays, pointing out that Suggs is overweight.

Still, if the Ravens couldn’t or wouldn’t or didn’t dare try to keep Suggs from getting in position to dress for today’s game, it’s unlikely that they’ll be able to keep him on the sidelines.

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14 Responses to “Suggs moves closer to doing the unlikely”
  1. frankdatank23 says: Oct 21, 2012 8:40 AM

    The injury must have been a sham…. what was he really up to ?

  2. steeltroll says: Oct 21, 2012 9:20 AM

    “Still, if the Ravens couldn’t or wouldn’t or didn’t dare try to keep Suggs from getting in position to dress for today’s game, it’s unlikely that they’ll be able to keep him on the sidelines.”

    Why? Does Whinebaugh really have that little control of his team? If he’s not ready, do they let him waddle out to re-rupture the thing? They had to activate him or permanently IR him. I’ll be impressed when he actually does something other than take up space on the filed or reinjure himself—which I hope he does NOT. Much ado about nothing.

  3. timtheenchanter1 says: Oct 21, 2012 9:26 AM

    Couldn’t be that the team wanted to maintain element of surprise in a game that could have a huge impact on home field during the playoffs. Nah.

    It must be that the GM, who has total control over when he’s activated to the 53-man roster, and the coaching staff, who have complete control over who is on the game-day 46 and who goes in during the game, lost a “push-and-pull between Suggs and” themselves. Even though they hold all control over who plays, it’s obvious “they aren’t willing or able or inclined to try to keep him from playing.”

    “How else can we explain the stream of reports, both local and national, contradicting the claims of Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter of ESPN?” It certainly couldn’t be that the fact he wasn’t on the 53 meant they didn’t have to list his injury status so they could have a strategic advantage going into one of the biggest games of the season. Nope. That doesn’t make nearly as much sense as the team being somehow bullied into letting one of their most important assets go out onto the field and risk re-injuring himself when they don’t think he is ready.

    Strawman analysis at it’s finest!

  4. Gordon says: Oct 21, 2012 9:26 AM

    This seems crazy. I could maybe see a player coming back early from this injury if he was a pocket-passing QB.

    But a power/speed pass-rusher coming back early seems impossible (or not very smart). At some point, it feels like a team has to step in and protect a player from himself.

  5. ravenator says: Oct 21, 2012 9:45 AM

    Suggs is a monster. Love it.

  6. madtolive5 says: Oct 21, 2012 9:52 AM

    To good to be true???
    In sports it always is. Bet he gets busted for HGH with in 2 years

  7. deathonwings410 says: Oct 21, 2012 10:02 AM

    This is Suggs (and Ngata’s, Bernard Pollard’s defense) after next year if Reed and Lewis are gone anyway.

  8. theravens1 says: Oct 21, 2012 10:10 AM

    When he sacks the QB and slashes the ball outta his precious little grasp, we’ll know he’s BAYACK!

  9. stealersfannot says: Oct 21, 2012 10:12 AM

    You cant stop him. You can’t even hope to contain him.

  10. jimnaizeeum says: Oct 21, 2012 10:14 AM

    Not really that unlikely. Just depends on the severity of the “partially” popped Achilles.

  11. bruceleroy1 says: Oct 21, 2012 10:17 AM

    ahhhh the powers of hgh.

  12. nickster31 says: Oct 21, 2012 10:47 AM

    As a Steelers fan, I hope he doesn’t come back until he is 100%.

    Many times a player rushes back from injury before they are ready and it causes the injury to be worse, or could even ruin his career.

    As one of the other comments said, he is the future of the defense, and if they ruin him, along with losing Lewis and Reed in the next couple of years, the Ravens D would be killed.

    I hope for his sake Suggs knows what he is doing, and the bosses have the guts to keep him off the field if he isn’t ready, regardless of him wanting to play or not.

    This game or season IS NOT worth his career.

  13. edisbetterthantroy says: Oct 21, 2012 10:51 AM

    Class is now in session!

    That is, Ball So Hard University, Class of 2012-2013!

    Sizzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzle!!!!!

  14. Andre's Johnson says: Oct 21, 2012 11:05 AM

    I’m a Texans fan, and I’d be fine with with Suggs being active today. He’ll only play third downs, in passing situations. And he’ll take up someone else’s active roster spot.

    Non-factor.

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