HOUSTON - Ravens outside linebacker Terrell Suggs pushed aside Houston Texans right tackle Derek Newton, storming his way into the backfield before sacking quarterback Matt Schaub for an 8-yard loss.
Suggs had four tackles, the sack and two pass deflections Sunday, just more than five months removed from surgery to repair a partial tear of his right Achilles tendon.
Suggs was activated from the physically unable to perform (PUP) list Saturday and started at rush linebacker Sunday.
"It looked like he played pretty well," Baltimore coach John Harbaugh said.
Suggs played the majority of the game. He was in for 30 snaps during the first half, including 13 of the Texans' first 19 plays from scrimmage.
Suggs practiced for the first time Wednesday and acknowledged during the week that it could take some time to get into "football shape."
That didn't seem to be the case Sunday.
"He was probably in surprisingly good football shape for as little football as he's played," Harbaugh said. "Of course, the injury held up. I think a lot of credit goes, obviously, to [head athletic trainer] Mark Smith and our training staff and our doctors, but mostly to Suggs for the work he put in.
"He's going to be a plus for us and he's only going to get better."
Harbaugh said the Ravens didn't have Suggs on a "pitch count" Sunday.
"The plan was to take it one series at a time, three to four plays at a time, and see how he held up," Harbaugh noted.
Suggs was asked if his stamina was an issue considering his extended absence.
"I don't know," he said. "We're going to look at the tape. Sometimes it seemed like it was holding up, sometimes it seemed like it just wasn't quite there yet on different plays. Like I've said, we're just feeling it out. I walked on, I walked off. I know a lot of people questioned whether or not I was rushing back. I don't think I rushed back."
Suggs referred to Sunday as the first step in "knocking the rust off."
"I had to come back this game against a good team because we all know how important those games in November and December are," Suggs said. "I didn't want to try to be still knocking the rust off when it comes down the stretch to those big games, so I had to go against a good team that was going to challenge me the most, and that was Houston."
ROAD WOES: Prior to Tandon Doss' 15-yard touchdown catch during the third quarter, the Ravens had gone more than 132 minutes without a touchdown on the road.
Before Doss' score, Baltimore hadn't scored a touchdown away from home since Jacoby Jones' 21-yard scoring catch against the Philadelphia Eagles during the second quarter of Week 2.
The Ravens were held without a second half touchdown against the Eagles, went without a touchdown during their 9-6 win at Kansas City Oct. 7 and didn't get into the end zone until Doss' score just more than four minutes into the third quarter Sunday.
Baltimore has scored an average of 32 points per game in its four home games, but is averaging just 15 points per game on the road.
Wide receiver Torrey Smith was asked after the game what that can be attributed to.
"I don't have any explanation for it," Smith said. "If I did, we'd fix it. I don't know. We call the same stuff, run the same stuff. But for whatever reason, we haven't been executing on the road."
NO BREAK: Rookie right tackle Kelechi Osemele was carted off the field during the first half with what looked to be a potentially severe injury to his right leg, but X-rays were negative and he actually returned to the game early in the third quarter.
"I feel good," Osemele said after the game.
Osemele was hurt while blocking on a second quarter run by running back Ray Rice when Rice was tackled into Osemele's right leg.
Osemele was in noticeable pain and had to be carted off the field.
"I heard a pop in my knee and my ankle," Osemele said. "I was really worried. I couldn't really feel anything because I had so much adrenaline going, but I lost so much strength that I definitely thought something was damaged. But the X-rays came back negative, nothing was broken, so I just got some shots in me.
"Pain started kicking in later, and then it felt like I didn't really have strength in it. But once the pain went away, I was just like 'I'm going to finish out the game.'"
REED FINE: Safety Ed Reed had to be helped off the field during the fourth quarter after colliding with teammate Bernard Pollard while making a tackle along the sideline.
Reed has been dealing with a torn labrum in his shoulder, an injury he disclosed earlier in the week, but he was diagnosed with a chest injury Sunday.
"It was my rib and kidney," Reed said. "I think they said I took a cleat. It felt like I fell on a shoe or a cap or something. It's just sore, really sore right now. It hurt like heck when I was out there. I just hoped nothing was broken and it didn't feel like anything was broken. It just kind of cut my wind a little bit. I'll be all right."
LONG KICKS: Rookie kicker Justin Tucker connected on a 51-yard field goal to stake Baltimore an early 3-0 lead Sunday.
The kick was Tucker's third of the season from 50 yards or beyond, a new Ravens franchise record.
He added another 50-plus yard kick during the fourth quarter, this time from 54 yards.
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