Five Things to Watch in Ravens vs. Redskins
As the Ravens (9-3) square off with the Washington Redskins (6-6) on Sunday at FedEx Field, here's a checklist of key areas and people to watch.
-- Aaron Wilson
-- Aaron Wilson
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3. Is Terrell Suggs going to be able to play?( Getty Images / December 2, 2012 )
As Pro Bowl outside linebacker Terrell Suggs put it: "We kind of live by the creed of, if you can breathe, then you can play."
Well, the reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year is breathing and he's practicing despite a torn right biceps, albeit on a limited basis. Its telling that he was listed as questionable Friday.
Although Suggs characterized himself as a game-time decision, typically the players the Ravens list as questionable do play in the game.
And Suggs is tough. Not only is he back early from a surgically-repaired partially torn right Achilles tendon suffered in late April, but he once played in the AFC championship game despite a painful shoulder injury and recorded three sacks.
Bottom line: Suggs isn't normal when it comes to pain threshold.
And this is a huge game.
The Ravens make the playoffs with a victory. They can clinch the division with a win combined with losses by the Cincinnati Bengals and the Pittsburgh Steelers.
They need Suggs to play and play well against Robert Griffin III.
Unless theres a problem in warm-ups, Suggs seems likely to play. And his gutty presence may inspire his teammates.
It's been a rough week for Suggs. There was the injury to deal with, and also legal issues involving his longtime girlfriend, Candace Williams, and a custody battle for the couple's two young children.
A good performance against the Redskins would be one way for Suggs to take his mind off his troubles for a few hours.