A day after having surgery to repair a torn Achilles' tendon, Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs remained upbeat and confident that he'll return and play meaningful football during the 2012 season.
"Everything went good, he was in and out," Suggs told The Sun's Mike Preston of the surgery, which was performed in Charlotte, N.C. by noted foot/ankle specialist Dr. Robert Anderson. "There is only a small incision, and he said it was not as bad as some thought it was, which I had already been told."
Suggs tore his Achilles on April 28 during a workout near his offseason Arizona home. He said last week he was't sure how severe the tear was because he saw two different doctors and one said that it was a partial tear and the other diagnosed it as a full tear.
However, Suggs said this morning that he had a partial tear of the Achilles.
"As far as my return, it's still the same as the origininal prognosis of four to six months," said Suggs.
Suggs, the reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year and the Ravens' all-time sack leader, has said all along that he expects to return no later than November and he didn't back off that projection this morning despite being about 15 hours removed from surgery that took about a half hour.
"I'm 29 years old," Suggs said. "I don't miss games. I'll be returning soon." Suggs has missed only three games in his nine-year Ravens' career and those came in the 2009 season when he sustained a knee injury. As for his immediate future, Suggs said that doctors told him that he can began rehabilitation within two weeks. He said that he planned on leaving the hospital this morning and he'll travel to Baltimore to meet with Ravens head trainer Mark Smith and team doctors.