It has been a very trying year for the Baltimore Ravens’ defense. The unit has been ranked in the bottom third of the league nearly all season, and have had to deal with crippling injuries.
First it was feared that both Lardarius Webb (ACL) and Ray Lewis (torn triceps) were lost for the season. That still remains the case with Webb, but Lewis is now more than likely to return by the playoffs at the latest.
Haloti Ngata has also been hampered by nagging injuries, as he hasn’t been his normal disruptive self in recent weeks.
Starting opposite Ngata was left defensive end Pernell McPhee, who has missed four games himself.
Cornerback Jimmy Smith, who was Webb’s replacement, has also been lost to injury. Smith had sports hernia surgery,as he only had three starts in the six games that Webb has missed. Smith’s injury will keep him out for at least another couple of weeks, adding to a thinning defense.
Now the injury bug had reared its ugly head again, as Terrell Suggs has reportedly torn his biceps in his right arm.
Suggs was favoring his right arm as he left Sunday’s game against the Steelers in the fourth quarter. This injury does not appear to be as severe as Lewis’ torn triceps, but the exact extent of the injury is unknown at this point.
Suggs tweeted earlier today that he will seek a second opinion to try to determine the severity of the tear, but he and the Ravens don’t fear it will be season-ending, or possibly even long-term.
It appears that this injury will be a matter of pain tolerance, as Suggs will have to play through the pain. The hope is T-Sizzle can play through the pain and make another speedy recovery as he did with his torn Achilles tendon in the offseason.
Suggs’ healing powers rivaled Wolverine’s, as he came back roughly five months after a surgery that usually requires close to a year to come all the way back from.
The Ravens’ remaining schedule is chock full of quality quarterbacks to contend with down the stretch, as they will tangle with Robert Griffin III, Peyton Manning, Eli Manning and Andy Dalton.
Thus, having T-Sizzle in the lineup is a must if he can in fact play and not hurt the team.
With a tough remaining schedule and a struggling defense, the Ravens will need all hands on deck to retain their spot near the top of the AFC. Suggs is a major piece to turning around the defense and stabilizing this inconsistent team.
If Suggs is lost for an extended amount of time, it may be too much for the banged up Ravens defense to overcome.