Just over 12 hours after his team defeated the Cleveland Browns, 23-16, at M&T; Bank Stadium on Thursday night, Ravens coach John Harbaugh delivered more positive news for Ravens fans on Friday afternoon.
Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs is “doing well” rehabilitating his surgically repaired right Achilles tendon, and Harbaugh said he expects Suggs, the reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year, to play sometime this season.
It was the most definitive that Harbaugh has been about the status of Suggs since he suffered the injury in April. Suggs, who hasn’t spoken with the media since June, had initially said that he was shooting for a return in November or December, but Harbaugh has been hesitant to be specific about his timetable for recovery.
“Well, you know, he’s got his target date and he’s doing well,” Harbaugh said. “The main thing we want to do now is make sure that he has no setback and continues to get in shape and continues to get stronger. He’s been in every meeting and up to date with the [game plan]. Football shape will be a factor. As soon as he gets on the field, it’s not like he’s going to be back to Defensive Player of the Year form. We need to all understand that and give him a little space and let him grow into this thing.”
Harbaugh added, “He’s going to be back.”
In other injury news, he said quarterback Joe Flacco and leading receiver Torrey Smith were both bothered by sprained ankles against the Browns, but he said they should be fine for next weekend’s game in Kansas City. Cornerback Lardarius Webb is experiencing soreness in the right knee he severely injured two years ago and safety Ed Reed is dealing with a sore hamstring, but Harbaugh expects them to play against the Chiefs, too.