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Terrell Suggs Likely Lost to Baltimore Ravens for 2012

May 3rd, 2012 at 11:51 AM
By Chuck Chapman

Several outlets have reported this morning that Baltimore Ravens LB Terrell Suggs has injured his Achilles' tendon and will likely be lost for most, if not all of the 2012 season.

Reports vary on the origin of the injury. Some speculate that Suggs was playing pick-up basketball at the time of the injury. Others have stated that Suggs was participating in an off season workout session in Arizona where Suggs played collegiately and makes his off season home.

If the extent of the injury is as originally reported, Suggs will undoubtedly be lost to the Ravens for all of 2012. The average time of recovery for such an injury is 11 months. The Ravens organization released a statement saying that Suggs would visit a specialist and that more would be known on his prognosis following that visit.

If Suggs is lost for the season, it represents a significant hit to the Ravens' defense. The team drafted Alabama's Courtney Upshaw in the second round as a replacement for Jarrett Johnson who left through free agency. If Suggs is gone, Upshaw will be pressed into duty as a starter immediately. 

With the aging Ray Lewis also seeing his skills diminish somewhat, much of the intimidating speed and power the Ravens' defense is known for could be lost.

The team will also be breaking in a new defensive coordinator this season as Chuck Pagano left to become the Indianapolis Colts' head coach. Dean Pees, who was linebackers coach last season will take over those duties.

Tags: Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati, Cincinnati Bengals, Football, NFL, Terrell Suggs

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