We all wrote the guy off. Me, the rest of the Baltimore media and a ton of Ravens fans, judging by the talk shows and message boards. No way would Terrell Suggs play against the Houston Texans, we all said.
He's coming back too soon from that partially-torn Achilles tendon. He's only had three days of practice. There's a bye week coming up. What's the point of him rushing back? We all said that, in one way or the other, all week long.
Shows what we know.
I still don't know why he was out there, but Suggs had himself some day in that debacle against the Texans.
In his first game of the year, the five-time Pro Bowler played more than half the Ravens' defensive snaps and registered a sack, two quarterback hits, four tackles and a pass deflection.
No, he wasn't as quick as usual off the ball from his outside linebacker slot. And he was still scraping off rust and carrying too much weight from months of inactivity.
Didn't matter. He played with joy. He played with swagger. T-Sizzle was a formidable presence all afternoon.
A formidable presence? Heck, he was the best player on that Ravens' defense. It makes you wonder what the final score would have been if he hadn't played. Who knows? Maybe 57-13 Houston instead of 43-13.
The whole thing was so wonderfully preposterous, a player having a game like that just a little over five months removed from major ankle surgery, that you had to smile as you watched it.
It also made me recall a conversation I had with a Ravens official last week in the team's locker room when I expressed disbelief that Suggs was even entertaining the thought of playing against Houston.
"Just remember," this person said, "that this guy is not like you or me. This is a world-class athlete."
He sure made a believer out of me.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun