MRI SHOWS POSSIBLE "MAJOR DAMAGE" TO SUGGS' SHOULDER

One of the great mysteries leading up to Ravens-Steelers III is whether Frank Walker will spit in anyone else’s mouth.
The other great mystery is whether Baltimore linebacker Terrell Suggs will play in the game.
On Thursday, Suggs said that he could have “major ligament damage” in his shoulder, based on the results of an MRI exam conduct after he injured the joint against the Titans six days ago.
“There’s a good chance that I possibly won’t get to line up and play for the championship with my team,” Suggs said.  “And not ever missing a game in the past, to make this one be my first one, it’s not something I’m going to be really happy about.  But it is what it is, you’ve just got to do whatever’s in your power to get better and to get healthy.”
And, surely, Suggs’ looming crack at free agency is a factor in this decision, given that further damage could be done to his shoulder if he plays.
“It’s not like food poisoning or nothing like that,” Suggs said.  “It’s my shoulder, and I definitely don’t want to mess it up more than it already is.  There’s a big chance it could get worse, especially in this smash-mouth game.”
Of course, it could be that the injury already has “messed up” both his shoulder, and his next contract.   Three years ago, quarterback Drew Brees was forced to sign, in essence, a one-year “prove it” deal with the Saints after “messing up” his shoulder in a meaningless regular-season finale.
Though Brees ultimately proved that he’s fine, the shoulder was sufficiently “messed up” to prompt the Dolphins to choose giving up a second-round pick for Daunte Culpepper over signing Brees for nothing. 
As the Baltimore Sun points out, Suggs might play only in passing situations.  There’s also a chance that Suggs is downplaying his status, in order to get the Steelers to assume that he won’t be on the field.

27 responses to “MRI SHOWS POSSIBLE "MAJOR DAMAGE" TO SUGGS' SHOULDER

  1. Suggs not being in the game would be a huge loss to a Ravens defense that has been stifling in the postseason. Big Ben and Fast Willie are probably crossing their fingers and hoping that he’s on the sideline. For the sake of entertainment, I hope he can suit up on Sunday.

  2. He he such a drama queen…he had a press conf. in a sling yesterday. Later he was seen with it not on.

  3. “Three years ago, quarterback Drew Brees was forced to sign, in essence, a one-year ”prove it” deal with the Saints after “messing up” his shoulder in a meaningless regular-season finale.
    Though Brees ultimately proved that he’s fine, the shoulder was sufficiently “messed up” to prompt the Dolphins to choose giving up a second-round pick for Daunte Culpepper over signing Brees for nothing. ”
    ====
    Yeah, Marty Schottenheimer coached that game against the Broncos. Why Brees was in there I haven’t a clue. But then again, I never really understand half the things Marty did as a coach with the Chargers.
    I was also wondering if Marty, Brees, LT, and Eli Manning all have the same agent?

  4. The free agency angle is somewhat facinating in this case. ONe would assume a player would be less likely to play if he has a chance to seriously injure himself when he could be a free agent the next day. However, could Sizzle be playing this up to make himself seem more like a team player that is willing to risk possible injury to himself to help the team (which could enhance his value)? Either way, the Ravens need him, not just on passing downs. Suggs is a complete player than is effective against the run and pass, including pass coverage (ask Miami fans). With all that said, I do not expec him to play.

  5. Smoke screen.
    If he was really out, why would you want the other team to know before injury reports?

  6. Real drama queen. Just like Gentle Ben. Oh yeah… the difference is that Suggs has NEVER missed a game in his career.
    Suggs not playing is a hugh hit to the Ravens. He started his career as a rush end/LB and has become one of the all around best defenders in the game. He is great in rush defense and awesome as a pass rusher. His only weakness in his game is pass coverage and he has improved in that. He has matured nicely since his rookie year and is an all around good guy. Hope he plays and more importantly, hope for the Ravens sake and his sake his injury is one that can be easily repaired.

  7. That’s right Jilla, looks like Suggs is milking this for all the attention he can get. I’d really like to hear from all the Ravens fans who call Ben a — what was that? — a drama queen? Yeah let’s hear from you.

  8. This is most likely a bad acting job. His fellow teammates are much more optimistic about him playing. I think Harbaugh told him to act it up so the Steelers have to scheme for both the 3-4 and the 4-3 they play when Suggs is out. Suggs was also quoted as saying the Dr. said “I’ve never seen anything like this” when looking at the MRI. Unless the Dr. was right out of Med school that is BS. What Florio left out of that same quote was that Suggs said “he really couldn’t remember” what the MRI showed. More BS. He’s a free agent so you better believe he remembers every detail the Doctor said about the condition of his shoulder. COnsidering the the Ravens do go from a 3-4 to a 4-3 depending on whether he’s in there or not this BS is a good strategy.

  9. Suggs on blindsiding opposing players:”the best hit i’ve ever made was when I blindsided Ben and knocked him out of the game”
    Suggs on being blindsided:”Hines Ward is a dirty player for hitting defensive guys who aren’t looking. It’s wrong to hit someone hard and wah wah wah wah wah wah wahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh”
    Biggest, most hyporcritical crybaby in the NFL…what “tough” guy seriously whines about being hit by a small WR?

  10. Sugg’s sat out training camp because of his contract. I think that he will play if he can without injuring his shoulder seriously. Why? How many times have we seen super bowl players get huge contracts? It’s obvious that he wants the money!!!!

  11. Frank Burns,
    It’s called strategy. The difference between scheming a 4-3 vs a 3-4 is huge. Advantage Ravens. Little Jen does it for the attention because he does it right after a game to show how tough he was for playing in the game. It’s called insecurity.

  12. capa You are an idiot it was Bart Scott that drilled worthlessburger and he definitely came from Ben’s visible side and hit him in the chest. Please explain how you can hit someone in the chest one coming from the “blind side?”

  13. “Real drama queen. Just like Gentle Ben. Oh yeah… the difference is that Suggs has NEVER missed a game in his career”
    He also never had a concussion of the spinal cord now has he? Come talk to us when Flacco is the winningest QB in NFL history through the first 5 years of his career……….like Ben is right now.

  14. Mr Football,
    The Ravens almost have a hybrid defense where the constantly switch between a 3-4 and a 4-3. They even throw in the 46 and other formations. Know your own team before you make comments about potential strategies to “confuse” the Steelers. The Steelers, along with every other team, are well aware the Ravens use a ton of different defensive looks and do not prepare for only the 3-4. You turn an injury to Suggs into an advantage for the Ravens because the Ravens might “surprise” them. Good luck with that. The Steelers prepared all last week (at least they said they did in the media) just like LT would play just in case. I’m sure they wouldn’t leave out such an important part of the Ravens D because he MIGHT not play.
    Have fun Sunday.

  15. Suggs wants to be a model?? lmao, I mean, not to judge dudes or anything but has the man looked in the mirror and taken a look at his mug lately. Or ever?

  16. 1. First of all, I hope Suggs is well enough to play on Sunday. He has a total understanding of Rex Ryan’s complex D schemes, and his absence would certainly be missed.
    2. The Ravens run neither a true 3-4, nor a 4-3, etc. They run a hybrid defense that throws multiple looks at an opposing offense on any given play. If Suggs can’t play, Ryan might use a combination of replacement options, including a 4-3 set with Pryce, Ngata, Bannan, and Douglas, and Ryan might also use Jameel McClain to sub for Suggs, and Ryan might use Edgar Jones to sub for Suggs on some plays as well. I’m confident that “next man up” will be the operating principle in the event that Suggs is unable to suit up. Personally, I think it’s just a PR gambit, but who knows. I guess we’ll all know on Sunday.

  17. Mr Football says:
    January 16th, 2009 at 10:46 am
    Frank Burns,
    It’s called strategy. The difference between scheming a 4-3 vs a 3-4 is huge. Advantage Ravens. Little Jen does it for the attention because he does it right after a game to show how tough he was for playing in the game. It’s called insecurity.
    ————————————————-
    Oh, I get it — when one of your guys does it, it’s something good!
    You haters seriously want to compare a shoulder injury to a concussed spinal cord? You’re dumber than I thought.
    If Suggs plays Sunday after making this look like he lost an arm in the war, he is THE ultimate drama queen. Not just a drama queen, but THE drama queen.

  18. I guess we throw out the facts when it does not fit our thesis? Brees didn’t sign for a 1 year deal it was a 6 year 60 million dollar deal with a 10 million dollar signing bonus. This was before the new collective bargaining agreement between the league and players so the salary cap was a lot smaller.

  19. ppdoc says:
    January 16th, 2009 at 10:18 am
    Real drama queen. Just like Gentle Ben. Oh yeah… the difference is that Suggs has NEVER missed a game in his career.
    Suggs not playing is a hugh hit to the Ravens. He started his career as a rush end/LB and has become one of the all around best defenders in the game. He is great in rush defense and awesome as a pass rusher. His only weakness in his game is pass coverage and he has improved in that. He has matured nicely since his rookie year and is an all around good guy.
    ——————————————
    Just like he ignores all the Ravens fans who post troll comments, so does ppdoc live in denial about his own players. Your “good guy”
    Suggs is the same guy who hit Ben late during the last game of his rookie season (what you don’t remember?) causing Ben to almost miss his first playoff game. I guess you’re not aware of Suggs’ rep outside Baltimore then… yeah he’s a swell guy all right. Just goes to show how differently you look at players when they’re one of yours.
    Just like you’d be defending Ward to the death if he played in Baltimore, and bragging up Ben for being so tough to come back and play after almost dying in a motorcycle accident — that is if he wore purple.

  20. @trey . . . .
    brees’ contract contained a $12 million option bonus due early in the second league year. if he couldn’t prove that he was healthy and effective, the saints wouldn’t have paid the money, and his time with the team would have been limited to one year.
    and the contract was signed after the new CBA.
    and the contract fits within the definition of what we typically call a one-year “prove it” deal. technically, it’s a one-year deal with a team option for the balance.
    anyone else feeling froggy?

  21. Fins getting brees for nothing? Are you on crack? We took Daunte cause he was cheaper!!! Brees wanted to earn a killer salary. Check your facts bro before you write BS.

  22. The man has never missed a game in his career. How is it being a drama queen???
    Steelers fans…. there’s nothing else like them in the world. And in case you forgot, Big Jen is on your team. When is she holding her next press conference for stubbing her toe on the stove while baking muffins for the team???

  23. @mike hunt:
    Great name, dude. “Has anyone seen Mike Hunt?” Love it.
    Thoughts for Steelers Fans:
    Agreed that Ben is tough. He bounced back from that motorcycle wreck very well.
    Seriously, though, Ben And Hines “Grinny Grin” Ward are pretty f’ing hard to stop, which is probably why they get on my nerves so much. They have been the real Raven killers this year.
    The difference between the hit Big Ben took last year and the ones Ward specializes in is that Ben had the ball when he got hit. Right?
    My heart is with the Ravens, but it’s gonna be a hard job to pull it off.

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