A week after a protective boot was removed from his right leg, Ravens outside linebacker Terrell Suggs told ESPN on Friday that he is “just loving the process” of rehabbing his surgically-repaired right Achilles tendon.

“It’s going great, I’m in good spirits, I like the progress that I’m making,” Suggs told “NFL Live” (quotes via Pro Football Talk). “I came out of the boot last week, I’m just walking right now, doing muscle strengthening, trying to get the tendon back strong, and I’m great with where I’m at right now, just loving the process.”

Suggs, who was injured in late April, tossed aside his crutches three weeks ago and announced on Facebook last Friday that he would no longer be wearing his protecting boot. It’s been 10 weeks since Suggs suffered the tear, and after first vowing to return in November, he declined to give ESPN an updated comeback date.

“I’m really optimistic,” Suggs said during a Friday afternoon appearance. “I kind of just want everybody to be surprised.”

Suggs was named the 2011 NFL Defensive Player of the Year after he recorded 70 tackles, 14 sacks and seven forced fumbles. He was selected to consecutive Pro Bowls for the first time.