HOUSTON—Ravens All-Pro outside linebacker Terrell Suggs could play Sunday against the Houston Texans.
The Ravens on Saturday activated the reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year from the physically-unable-to-perform list, a procedural move required under league rules for him to be eligible to play.
To make room for Suggs, the Ravens waived outside linebacker Sergio Kindle, a 2010 second-round draft choice. Cutting Kindle was regarded as inevitable considering that he had played in only one game this season and was inactive for the other five.
When asked Friday whether Suggs would play against the Texans, coach John Harbaugh issued a guarded reply: "We will see. If I knew, I wouldn't tell you."
Team and league sources have been emphatic that the Ravens will maintain a cautious approach. They want to avoid a setback for Suggs.
Earlier this week one league source told The Baltimore Sun, "He's not playing," after an ESPN report said Suggs was planning to face the Texans.
Now the Ravens have made it a possibility.
Asked Thursday whether he would play Sunday, Suggs said: Thursday: "We'll decide Sunday what's best for the team. Right now, we're just feeling it out. Come Sunday, I may or may not be out there. There's no plan in place, take it day by day."
Suggs started practicing Wednesday, but his activity level has been low during the three days of workouts.
He tore his Achilles tendon in late April and had it repaired by Dr. Robert Anderson, a Charlotte, N.C., specialist.
Although Suggs has noted that the new procedure should accelerate the process and that his tear was higher up toward the calf muscle, this would still be a very fast return if he were to play in a game so soon.
The more realistic target goal for Suggs has always been regarded as November, especially with a bye week after Sunday's game.
The Ravens rank 26th in total defense and could use Suggs' run-stopping and pass-rushing skills back in the lineup. However, this is just the seventh game of the season and logic would seem to dictate that Suggs take more time before attempting to play.
Plus, Suggs is not in optimal condition right now and is carrying more than his usual playing weight of 260 pounds.
When asked what it's been like for him to sit, Suggs said, "It's been miserable."
Meanwhile, the Ravens' pass rush has languished without Suggs in the lineup.
He recorded 14 sacks and seven forced fumbles last season, but his teammates have just 10 sacks in six games this season.
"They don't have an individual pass rusher right now without Suggs," NFL Films analyst Greg Cosell said in a telephone interview. "I really like Paul Kruger as a player, but Kruger is not a pure pass rusher. Haloti Ngata is an inside pass rusher, but not a pure one like [the Texans'] J.J. Watt is. He's a different kind of player.