Ravens coach John Harbaugh applied the brakes a bit when asked to gauge when Pro Bowl outside linebacker Terrell Suggs will return from a partially torn right Achilles tendon.
Harbaugh was noncommittal on Suggs' outlook following reports that the reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year is targeting an Oct. 21 game against the Houston Texans to make his comeback.
"None of us know," Harbaugh said twice Monday afternoon at team headquarters.
Suggs is eligible to be activated from the physically unable to perform list following Sunday's game against the Dallas Cowboys. However, Suggs isn't expected to return in time for the Texans game, according to a league source.
The source emphasized the Ravens will be careful with Suggs, backing up Harbaugh's assertion that it's too early to tell when the Pro Bowl pass rusher will be back after getting hurt in late April and undergoing surgery.
The source said Suggs is more likely to return at some point during November.
Although Harbaugh stressed that Suggs has made progress, he added it's hard to determine a timetable.
"He's really worked hard," Harbaugh said. "The reality of it is the guy has done a great job of preparing himself. The six-week window ends before the Houston game, right? Could it be that game? We have the bye week, then two weeks after that or three weeks after that. His progress from between now and then is going to determine that. We don't know that yet.
"Once he gets out there and starts practicing, then we'll just have a better indication. Is it a possibility? Yes, because he's eligible to come back then, and he looks pretty good right now. But he's not going through any football workouts yet. He hasn't been through a practice of anything like that yet. I don't think you know until you see him at practice."