BALTIMORE (WJZ/CBS Sports) — Vinny Cerrato broke onto the Norris & Davis Show at 9:25 a.m. to break the news NO Ravens fan wants to here: Ravens LB Terrell Suggs may be out for the season with a torn Achilles.
Suggs reportedly tore his Achilles tendon while playing basketball, according to multiple reports on Twitter (one of which was re-tweeted by the Ravens). But Suggs denies this, saying the injury happened over the weekend in Arizona during a conditioning test.
Typically speaking, an Achilles tear requires a year’s worth of recovery, so it seems unlikely that Suggs can make an impact in 2012. However, according to some sources, Suggs believes he can return sometime during the season.
The Ravens released this statement:
“We are in contact with Terrell. He will see a specialist early next week, and we’ll know more at that time.”
Sources say he is scheduled to have surgery next week.
The outside linebacker had a career high in sacks with 14 and a career high in forced fumbles with seven and was named the NFL’s 2011 Defensive Player of the Year.
He’s arguably one of the most important players on Baltimore’s roster.
“Yall kno i strongly dislike the ravens, but i hate hearing about an injury like the suggs 1,” Steelers linebacker LaMarr Woodley tweeted on Thursday. “Wishing him a fast recovery.”
The one saving grace to this is that the Ravens used their first-overall selection in the 2012 NFL Draft on Alabama linebacker Courtney Upshaw. Upshaw won’t replace Suggs’ production, but he’s likely to become a better replacement than someone who came in off the street.
“I keep getn these ‘it’s time to man up’ tweets…I mean it’s the NFL…with T. Sizzle healthy I wud have to man up its big boy ball,” Upshaw tweeted on Thursday.
Upshaw, Sergio Kindle (Ravens first-round pick in 2010) and Pernell McPhee (fifth-round pick in 2011) will be charged with attempting to replace Suggs’ production. McPhee, who had six sacks and one forced fumble in 2011, is the sneaky pick to step in for Suggs.
The Ravens went 12-4 and won the AFC North last season.
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