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Suggs seeks to end sad sack streak against Browns

Terrell Suggs
(Karl Merton Ferron / Baltimore Sun)

Ravens Pro Bowl outside linebacker Terrell Suggs has 15 career sacks against the Cleveland Browns, his highest total against any NFL team.

For the past seven seasons, Suggs has been able to bolster those statistics while working primarily against seven-time Pro Bowl left tackle Joe Thomas.

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"He's definitely one of the best in the league," Suggs said of Thomas. "That's one guy they let us two get after it and we'll have at it. We'll see how it goes."

While Suggs is the Ravens' all-time leader with 94 1/2 sacks, he has zero this season heading into Sunday's game against the Browns. It's been a rough spell for Suggs going back to last season.

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The former NFL Defensive Player of the Year has just one sack over his past 10 regular season games. Suggs emphasized that he's not frustrated by the cold stretch because he feels like he's making an impact in other ways.

As Suggs' closest friend on the team, defensive tackle Haloti Ngata is aware of how much it means to his teammate to get sacks.

"It eats at all those guys, and myself as well," Ngata said. "That's why he's been one of the best in the league. He always wants to be the guy that's making the plays. History shows that he has been, so once he gets going, he'll just continue to keep making plays."

When Suggs took down quarterback Jason Campbell in the Ravens' loss to the Browns last Nov. 3, it was his ninth sack in eight games. However, he's had just one sack since that game, when he was credited for sacking New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady in the Ravens' second-to-last game last year.

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"It can be [frustrating] if you get selfish," Suggs said. "You want to get [to the quarterback], but like I said, at the end of the day, if you still win and you're still affecting the game somehow, then you have to take that, too. You have to find ways to get there sooner. But it's only Week 2. Come Week 7 and Week 8, we can bring that back up and we'll talk about it."

In the first two games, Suggs has eight tackles and several near misses on quarterback sacks. Ravens coach John Harbaugh has praised the veteran's all-around effort.

"Terrell Suggs is playing really well," Harbaugh said. "Anybody who knows anything about football who watches the tape will tell you he's playing really, really well. In the pass rush, he played really well. He was very disruptive in his pass rush.

"Not just that, he's playing great in the run game. He's done a few things with the drop, so we had those guys rushing for the most part in this past game. I'd say all around his game is an A – A++."

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The Browns ruled out running back Ben Tate due to a sprained knee. Tight end Jordan Cameron (shoulder) and outside linebacker Barkevious Mingo (shoulder) are questionable and regarded as game-time decisions.

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