By Eric Schmidt

Baltimore Ravens Terrell Suggs tore his Achilles tendon in April but the reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year vowed he would return to the field in the 2012 season. Despite telling reporters he feels great, his return to the gridiron could take longer than first expected.

Speaking to reporters yesterday at the close of Baltimore Ravens mini-camp, Suggs admitted that perhaps his estimate of returning before November could be too ambitious. “We’re just going to see where land. Maybe we’re shooting too far. We’ll see,” said Suggs.

Suggs continued, “When we did the timetable, you kind of look at the month and I was like, ‘Oh, I could be back by then.’ But I’m not a doctor. It feels good now, I guess. I will be in a Baltimore Ravens uniform in 2012. The only question is when.”

The Ravens have been working on defensive schemes in order to replace the loss of Suggs. In mini-camp, the Ravens have been using the set of rookie Courtney Upshaw and Paul Kruger alternating on specific downs in order to fill the void Suggs’ injury creates. In addition to the loss of Suggs, the Ravens are also going to have to fill the roster spot of Jarret Johnson, who departed via free agency and joined the San Diego Chargers. Johnson was an underrated defender for the Ravens, not missing a game since 2003 and very solid against the run.

Despite his return possibly taking longer than expected, he doesn’t think his injury will hurt the Ravens defense in 2012. “This defense has tons of stars and I ain’t going to name nobody because I don’t want to leave anybody out. This defense definitely can get it done before I get back, just like we did last year when we lost our general for four games. You got to go get it done.”






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