Torn left biceps? What torn left biceps?
That is the approach Ravens outside linebacker Terrell Suggs has taken since sustaining that injury in a Week 6 loss at the New York Giants. And the ailment didn't appear to limit him too badly in Thursday night's 28-7 victory against the Cleveland Browns at M&T Bank Stadium.
In the third quarter, Suggs slipped past left tackle Joe Thomas to the outside and got enough of quarterback Josh McCown's right wrist to disrupt a pass intended for tight end Gary Barnidge. The floater instead was intercepted by nickelback Jerraud Powers.
Later in the period, Suggs flushed McCown out of the pocket and into the arms of outside linebacker Za'Darius Smith. And in the final quarter, Suggs sacked and stripped McCown, and the loose ball was recovered by rookie outside linebacker Matthew Judon.
The performance was Suggs' best of the season and perhaps a bit shocking considering that he is playing practically with one arm as his left one has been heavily wrapped. But the six-time Pro Bowler said he has not noticed a difference.
"Like I told you, I only know one way to play," he said. "It wasn't anything that I haven't done before. I have played with a torn bicep before. I have come back from a torn Achilles before, so I guess it is just in my DNA. My mom and dad did something special when they made me. [General manager] Ozzie [Newsome] knew what he was doing when he drafted me. I have Raven in my DNA. I only know one way to play."
Suggs leads the defense in sacks this season with six. But coach John Harbaugh argued that Suggs should get credit for pressuring quarterbacks into his teammates' grasp or drawing so much attention to give teammates one-on-one matchups.