Suggs: 'No doubt in my mind that I should be back'
By Jamison Hensley
Nov 19, 2009 | 9:24 AM
Speaking for the first time since getting hurt, linebacker-defensive end Terrell Suggs said his sprained right knee isn't a season-ending injury.
"There is no doubt in my mind that I should be back this year," Suggs said. "That's the plan. That's where I'm at with it."
Suggs was injured in Monday's 16-0 win at Cleveland when Browns quarterback Brady Quinn hit Suggs' knee on an interception return.
The three-time Pro Bowl player said he hasn't seen the hit, but players have told him that it was a dirty hit.
"That's exactly what it felt like," he said. "But I haven't seen it so I can't really say one way or another. I'm more upset that I'm going to miss this game. I've got to get back for that rivalry."
Suggs seemed disappointed that Quinn only received a $10,000 fine from the NFL.
"If I wouldn't have gotten the same fine, then it's definitely not fair," Suggs said. "But he's a quarterback and I'm a linebacker. That's just the world we live in. If they were to say that it was the other way around, then you can say it's fair."
Suggs is one of the liveliest players in the locker room, joking with teammates and flashing a big smile. But there was a different tone with him Thursday.
"I'm really crushed that I'm going to miss my first game," he said. "That [stinks]. I was trying to beat Ozzie [Newsome, who never missed a game]. It really sucks I get to miss this game where we get the opportunity to do something great."
Suggs said he hasn't been ruled out for the Ravens' Nov. 29 game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
"That's the game you definitely don't want to miss," Suggs said. "Hopefully, I can miraculously heal and try to get back to play."
The Ravens needed their top pass rusher in the next three weeks when they play quarterbacks like Peyton Manning, Ben Roethlisberger and Aaron Rodgers.
"This couldn't come at a worse time," Suggs said. "I'm very disappointed. I got to make sure I'm a professional and do everything in my power to get back so I can help my team go on this run. I want to be a part of this."