Terrell Suggs has been quiet lately, compiling zero sacks and just seven tackles in the Ravens’ past six games, including the team’s 24-9 victory over the Indianapolis Colts in last Sunday’s AFC Wildcard round.
The five-time Pro Bowler has a few valid excuses. He missed the first six games of the season after undergoing surgery to repair a partially torn right Achilles tendon in April and then tore his right biceps in a 23-20 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Dec. 2. That injury sidelined him for the Ravens’ 31-28 overtime loss to the Washington Redskins the following Sunday and persuaded the coaching and medical staffs to shelve him for the regular-season finale against the Cincinnati Bengals on Dec. 30.
After Sunday’s win, Suggs told Yahoo! Sports that his Achilles tendon had flared up against Indianapolis, but he was still determined to finish the game. The 2011 NFL Defensive Player of the Year has fully participated in practice this week and is poised to start in Saturday’s AFC Divisional game against the Denver Broncos.
Suggs’ numbers might be underwhelming, but defensive coordinator Dean Pees said he is pleased with anything Suggs does on the field.
“The fact that this guy came back from an Achilles in and of itself … I don’t know about you guys, but I am marveled the guy has played at all this year,” Pees said Wednesday. “So I think anything that we’ve gotten out of Terrell Suggs has been a positive. I don’t look at it at all like he hasn’t done something successfully. I look at it as this has been a bonus that we ever had the guy. I never dreamed that we’d ever have the guy at all this year. So anything we’ve gotten out of him, to me, is a positive and a bonus.”