Five months after partially tearing his Achilles tendon, Baltimore Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs says he is ready to return to the football field.
According to Chris Mortensen of ESPN, Suggs expects to return for the Ravens’ October 21 showdown with the Houston Texans. Baltimore head coach John Harbaugh, however, isn’t willing to rush the reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year back into action.
Harbaugh’s plan appears to be waiting at least a week more than advised by the medical staff. It would be a painful blow for the Ravens to rush Suggs back into the lineup just to have him re-injury his Achilles tendon.
The Ravens placed Suggs on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list back in late-August, which meant that he was unavailable for the first six weeks of the regular season.
A more sensible return date for Suggs would be November 4, when the Ravens take on the Cleveland Browns after their Week 8 bye. The Ravens will be looking to give Suggs the necessary amount of time to get back to game shape, but also don’t want to wait too long; they need him to be at full speed when the postseason rolls around.
Regardless of his return date, it’s promising for the 4-1 Ravens to see that they’ll soon be getting back their best defensive playmaker. As the season wears on and the playoffs grow near, the 23rd ranked Baltimore defense will certainly benefit from his elite pass rushing skills and uncanny instincts.