Baltimore Ravens

Ed Reed: Suggs injury big setback, but Ravens can overcome it

In an appearance on 105.7 The Fan this morning, Ravens safety Ed Reed spoke about the Achilles injury to Ravens outside linebacker Terrell Suggs. Suggs has said it was a partial tear of the Achilles tendon and vowed to play at some point in 2012. But if the injury is a full tear, Suggs will likely be lost for the season.

"It definitely takes a team to win, so no one guy is more important than the team," Reed said. "I know Terrell. He's a young guy, so he's definitely got that on his side. He's going to have to rehab. I was going to call him today and let him know that. The most important thing is going to be how he attacks his rehab."

Suggs, the 2011 NFL Defensive Player of the Year, will get an official diagnosis of the injury early next week. Reed said the Ravens will take a significant hit should Suggs miss an extended period of time. But the Pro Bowl ballhawk believes the defense is deep enough and strong enough to hold up in Suggs' absence.

"We know what Terrell Suggs brings to the table, the fear that he puts in quarterbacks' heads. So he's definitely going to be missed," said Reed, who was sidelined for six games at the start of the 2010 season. "But even when I was out, you had guys step up. The organization does a great job of bringing guys in there."

On Thursday, hours after the news of Suggs' injury broke, Ravens linebacker and special teams captain Brendon Ayanbadejo trumpeted a similar message in a phone interview with The Baltimore Sun.

"He's the best defensive player in the National Football League," Ayanbadejo said. "He's irreplaceable. There aren't many guys out there who can do what he does for us. But we have a lot of talent on defense and we will be able to bounce back."