Quiet second game back for Terrell Suggs

The Baltimore Sun

It was a much quieter second game back Sunday for Ravens Pro Bowl outside linebacker Terrell Suggs.

After recording a sack against the Houston Texans during his season debut following a partially torn right Achilles tendon, Suggs was shut out by Browns Pro Bowl left offensive tackle Joe Thomas during the Ravens' 25-15 victory.

The reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year finished with four tackles and one quarterback hit, occasionally shifting to the left side to try to rush against rookie offensive tackle Mitch Schwartz.

"It's always tough working on their offensive line," Suggs said. "Joe is a great tackle."

In his previous career games against the Browns, Suggs had 92 tackles, 13 sacks, seven forced fumbles and one interception for a touchdown.

Much of that  success was achieved earlier in his career, though. Last season, Suggs had one  sack and eight tackles in two games rushing against Thomas.

Two seasons ago, Suggs had a total of one sack and seven tackles in two games against Thomas. In 2009 and 2008, Suggs had no sacks against Thomas.

Suggs had one sack in 2007 against Cleveland, but did have an 11-tackle performance in a home game
against the Browns that year.

Although Suggs didn't generate much of a pass rush, he was solid against the run as he played significantly more snaps than he did in Houston when he was utilized on 44 of 76 plays.

"I'm building on it," Suggs said. "I'm getting confidence back in the tendon. I'm still not there yet, but I'm going to get there. I can guaranteed you one thing: When we get to them games that count, we should be where we need to be."



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