Suggs tore his biceps in the Ravens’ Dec. 2 home loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. He missed just one game because of the injury but he said all along that offseason surgery to repair the tear was a legitimate possibility.
If he decides to have the surgery, it will mark the second consecutive year where the NFL’s 2011 NFL Defensive Player of the Year will face a rehabilitation program in the offseason. Suggs, 30, suffered a partially torn right Achilles tendon last April and eventually had it surgically repaired in early May.
He returned to the field 5 ½ months later – quicker than anybody expected – and had a sack in the Ravens’ Oct. 21 loss to the Houston Texans. However, in his sixth game back, Suggs sustained the biceps injury.
Both injuries left Suggs without the power and explosion that has made him one of the NFL’s most feared pass rushers. Suggs finished the regular season with two sacks and 22 tackles in eight games. However, he was a difference maker in the playoffs with 21 tackles, two sacks and a forced fumble in the Ravens’ four victories.
With Ray Lewis retiring and four other key defensive regulars (linebacker Dannell Ellerbe and Paul Kruger, cornerback Cary Williams and safety Ed Reed) heading to free agency, Suggs will be counted on next year to lead a retooled defense.