LB Courtney Upshaw Could Take Suggs’ Place In Ravens’ Defensive Line
BALTIMORE (WJZ)– Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs suffered a torn Achilles tendon while training in Arizona. He’ll likely miss half of the upcoming season and he may have to sit out the entire year.
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A visit to a specialist next week will determine just how long Suggs will be out. So who will fill in for the NFL’s reigning Defensive Player of the Year?
One of the prime candidates is a guy who’s yet to play a single down as a pro. He’s Ravens top draft pick Courtney Upshaw who was selected in the second round of the draft just last week.
He plays linebacker and can move up to the defensive line where he showed in college he can be a ferocious pass rusher. Upshaw had no idea he might have to fill in for Suggs when he was asked about living up to the comparisons of how the two of them play.
“I actually feel like I can’t be Terrell Suggs,” Upshaw said. “He’s Terrell Suggs, no other. And I’m just trying to come in and learn from him. I’m sure he can help me out become a better football player overall and the things you do, and the position I’m asked to play here. I want to come in and learn from the best and Terrell Suggs is one of the best.”
Upshaw had 9 and a half QB sacks in helping lead Alabama to the national title this past season.