For the second straight week, the Ravens won't know whether they'll have the services of outside linebacker Terrell Suggs until very close to game time.
Suggs, who is dealing with a torn right biceps, said Thursday that he is feeling better but he won't know whether he'll be able to play against the Denver Broncos until Sunday. Suggs, the reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year, was a late scratch last week against the Washington Redskins, ultimately deciding against playing on a wet field and against a mobile quarterback in Robert Griffin III.
"It was a must-win game [and] I thought I'd hinder the team by playing last week. But I feel good this week and we'll just have to see come Sunday," Suggs said. "If I'm able to play, I'll be pretty anxious. But it all comes down to how it feels on Sunday."
Suggs has played in six of the Ravens' 13 games this season and he has two sacks and 19 tackles. He made a surprisingly quick return from offseason Achilles' surgery but then he tore his biceps Dec. 2 against the Pittsburgh Steelers. He has vowed to try and play through the injury and disputed any suggestion that he is done for the season.
He said Thursday that he's "feeling a little bit better" after a week of rest. He was a full participant at practice this week after he was limited on Wednesday and last Thursday and Friday as well.
"There are a lot of side factors when you're playing in a football game," said Suggs when asked how his arm has held up in practice. "Like I said, come Sunday, we'll just have to see."
Asked if he would bet on himself to play Sunday, Suggs said, "If it was a Vegas game and 50-50 odds, you'd have the best odds in Vegas but anything else, I wouldn't know. We'll just have to wait and see Sunday."
Suggs is one of several Ravens who will probably be game-time decisions and most of them will be on the defensive side of the ball. It's not exactly an ideal situation with a matchup versus Manning looming.
"We have a game to win this week," Suggs said. "This is a big game for us, a championship game so we are going to approach our business like we always have."