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Ravens outside linebacker Terrell Suggs is carted off the field following his injury against the Denver Broncos during the 2015 season opener at Mile High Stadium. Baltimore lost Suggs for the season as well as the game, 19-13.
Ravens outside linebacker Terrell Suggs is carted off the field following his injury against the Denver Broncos during the 2015 season opener at Mile High Stadium. Baltimore lost Suggs for the season as well as the game, 19-13. (Karl Merton Ferron / Baltimore Sun)

Terrell Suggs hasn't been around the Ravens since he sustained a season-ending Achilles' injury in a Week 1 loss to the Denver Broncos, but his long-time position coach says that the rush linebacker is in good spirits and is still following the team closely.

"I don't talk with him every day, every other day, three times a week, but I do stay up to date on where he is and what he's doing in his process of recovery," Ravens linebackers coach Ted Monachino said. "I know this: Every time I talk to him, I can't get him off the phone. He misses being around his teammates. He wants to be here with us, but he is in a phase right now with that lower leg that he can't be. I do talk with him and he's in a good place mentally, and I know he misses us and wants to be here with us and fighting with his brothers."

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Suggs and Monachino have a long-standing relationship that dates back to their time together at Arizona State, where Monachino was the Sun Devils defensive line coach from 2001 to 2005. Monachino has coached the Ravens linebackers since 2010.

Monachino believes that Suggs is motivated to make a successful return next season, echoing comments that coach John Harbaugh made Monday.

"His comments to me after the injury were exactly what you would expect him to say to a position coach. He was very frustrated and disappointed, but he was focused and he was determined and he was enthusiastic about coming back again and coming back even stronger than he was even last time," Monachino said. "I know that right now, he's in the … recovery process even more than the rehab process. There will be a time when he reaches the rehab process, but right now, he's got to take great care of that wound, he's got to take great care of the lower leg and when he gets to the point where he can get some range in motion, that's what he'll start to focus on then."

Suggs' status and mindset have been a source of curiosity because he has not been around the team or in regular contact with certain team officials since the injury. He also didn't attend the Ravens' game against the Cardinals last month in Arizona, where the linebacker has a residence.

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