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Suggs activated, expected to play

OWINGS MILLS - Ravens outside linebacker Terrell Suggs is expected to play today against the Houston Texans, according to multiple reports.

He was activated from the physically unable to perform (PUP) list Saturday.

Suggs returned to practice this week for the first time since undergoing surgery for a partial tear of his right Achilles tendon in early May.

"He's done a really good job," Baltimore coach John Harbaugh said of Suggs Friday. "This is a very serious injury [and] he's worked really hard."

Without Suggs in the lineup, the Ravens recorded just 10 sacks in their first six games with only two of those sacks coming from outside linebackers.

The 2011 NFL Defensive Player of the Year, Suggs is coming off a season he tallied a career-best 14 sacks and seven forced fumbles.

But Harbaugh has repeatedly voiced his intent to proceed with caution when discussing Suggs' potential return to the lineup, something he continued to do as recently as Wednesday.

Ravens safety Ed Reed said he's warned Suggs about rushing back to the field and Suggs acknowledged Thursday that he's still in the process of getting comfortable with the injured Achilles and getting himself back into game shape. Baltimore has a bye next week.

"I'm not sure if he'll be back [Sunday]," Reed said. "I told him to not rush it. Do not rush it, especially with a bye week next week. He can get more rest. Of course we need him. We want him to be out there on the field, but we don't want him to come out and get hurt again trying to rush to be back on the field. It takes time."

Ravens release Kindle

The Ravens released outside linebacker Sergio Kindle to make room for Suggs on their 53-man roster.

Kindle was Baltimore's top pick (43rd overall) in the 2010 NFL draft, but never fulfilled his promise with the Ravens largely as a result of injuries suffered during a fall down a flight of stairs only months after being drafted.

Kindle fractured his skull during the fall, suffered permanent hearing loss in his left ear and sustained neurological damage that he acknowledged recently that he's still in the process of recovering from.

He appeared in just three games during his three years with Baltimore - two last season and one this year. He played in the Ravens' Week 2 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, recording the lone tackle of his Baltimore career.


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