ASHBURN, Va. – The Ravens may have listed outside linebacker Terrell Suggs as questionable for the game against the Washington Redskins, but as far as starting tackles Trent Williams and Tyler Polumbus are concerned, they expect to line up against him Sunday despite his torn right biceps.
"Yeah, I definitely expect to see him out there," said Williams, Washington's first pick in the 2010 NFL draft who has been battling a deep thigh bruise. "I heard that the injury is a painful injury, but I think people have played on it. I'm expecting to see him out there. I don't want to prepare as if he's not going to be out there and be surprised."
Added Polumbus: "I read [Thursday] that he practiced on a limited basis. So I'm expecting to see him. I'm sure he's going to do everything he can to get back out onto the field."
Suggs, who missed the first six games of the season after partially tearing his right Achilles tendon in March, is clearly not the same player he was when he posted a career-best 14 sacks and a NFL-high seven forced fumbles en route to being named the NFL's Defensive Player of the Year. He has recorded just two sacks in six contests.
Still, he has knocked down four passes and has helped steady a defense that was reeling from the absences of inside linebacker Ray Lewis (torn right triceps) and cornerback Lardarius Webb (torn left anterior cruciate ligament).
With tongue firmly planted in cheek, Redskins coach Mike Shanahan admitted that he would prefer Suggs skipping Sunday's contest.
"Terrell Suggs is a great player, and you don't want to wish him ill. But I'm hoping he plays the following week," Shanahan said.
If Suggs does play, he will likely line up against Williams, who has allowed just five sacks and quarterback hits combined this season, according to Pro Football Focus. Williams, who is rated as the league's 11th-best offensive tackle in terms of blocking efficiency by Pro Football Focus, acknowledged that Suggs' presence (or absence) could be a significant factor.
"Anytime you're missing a guy like that, there's going to be a difference," Williams said of Suggs. "But they have a lot of talent up front and a lot of depth on the D-line. So will it be a difference? Yeah. Will they miss him? I don't know. They are deep up front. But he is a cornerstone in that defense, and he will be for a long time."