With the Baltimore Ravens suffering several major injuries last week in their 31-29 victory over the Dallas Cowboys, help is on the way immediately for their contest this week versus the Houston Texans.
That help will come in the form of the 2011 NFL Defensive Player of the Year Terrell Suggs, making his season debut following off-season surgery to repair a torn Achilles in his right leg, which he suffered in April while playing basketball. On Wednesday, Suggs returned to practice with his Ravens teammates and the timing couldn’t have been any better for Baltimore.
Last week versus the Cowboys, the Ravens watched their team leader and future Hall-of-Famer Ray Lewis go down (possibly for the season) with a torn triceps muscle, their best corner back Lardarius Webb go down for the year with a torn ACL and Haloti Ngata suffer a sprained MCL. Not to mention future Hall of Fame safety Ed Reed revealed on Wednesday that he has been playing with a torn labrum in his right shoulder for a few weeks.
The Ravens defense definitely needs a boost heading into a battle between two 5-1 teams this week and Suggs could be exactly that boost, enabling them to earn the victory and gain a leg up in the AFC against a team who many feel could be their toughest obstacle in reaching Super Bowl XLVII.
This will be one of the quickest returns to play by any athlete who has endured such a serious injury, but if anyone can do it, then Suggs is the guy. In the 2008 AFC Championship Game, a 70 percent Suggs sacked Ben Roethlisberger (one of the most difficult quarterbacks to bring down) twice while playing on almost one knee. Not to mention until this season Suggs had competed in all but three games during his nine-year career, so this he is toughness personified.
Throughout his career Suggs has recorded 566 tackles, 82.5 sacks, 27 forced fumbles, 10 fumble recoveries and seven interceptions.