Injured Ravens Pro Bowl outside linebacker Terrell Suggs isn't expected to return for the Houston Texans game on Oct. 21, according to a league source with knowledge of the situation.
The source refuted reports that Suggs was aiming toward that game, characterizing it as unrealistic he would be ready or that the Ravens would risk a setback by allowing him to play. The source added it's
far too soon to know exactly when the NFL Defensive Player of the Year will return from a surgically-repaired partially torn right Achilles tendon.
The source said it's far more likely that Suggs would return sometime in November, perhaps later in that month
Suggs, who led the Ravens with 14 sacks and seven forced fumbles last season, is on the physically unable to perform list for the first six games of the season.
After the first six games, he has a three-week window to begin practicing and be placed on the active roster. If the Ravens want to, though, they could simply activate Suggs regardless of his ability to practice and simply carry him on the roster until he's ready.
It will take time for Suggs to get into optimum playing shape.
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