After returning faster than anyone would have believed from an Achilles injury, Baltimore Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs is now facing another ailment that could effect both him and the team down the stretch this season. During Sunday’s loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers that prevented the Ravens from clinching the AFC North, Suggs sustained a torn biceps injury that could keep him sidelined.
Then again, this is a player who returned to the field just months after tearing his Achilles to become his same freakish and dominant self over the past couple of weeks. Why would we think that the torn biceps would keep him out any longer – if at all – than other players?
Suggs is going to get a second opinion, but, as of now, a torn biceps injury is the diagnosis. He is seeking to find out just how bad it is, as with most injuries, there are different levels of severity. Some players have played through the injury, provided they can tolerate the pain.
If that is the only issue with Suggs, I have little doubt in my mind that he may very well play right through the injury into the postseason until the Ravens’ season ends in the playoffs. If at all possible, Suggs will play through the pain and work on fixing the issue during the offseason.
That would not come without precedent, as Karlos Dansby is currently playing with a torn biceps for the Miami Dolphins, and that team is not going to the playoffs this year. If the Ravens are battling into the postseason, and it is just a matter of pain tolerance, I have no doubt in my mind that Suggs will be able to do the same.
Then again, if it is an issue where playing can make things worse, that may be another story.
While it is more bad news to a Baltimore team who has been decimated by injuries this season, especially on defense, the timing could have been worse. While Suggs’ status is unknown for this week and beyond, the Ravens are expecting Ray Lewis to make his return after the next game, coming back on December 16 against the Denver Broncos. The Ravens may be forced to face Robert Griffin III and the Washington Redskins without both Suggs and Lewis this weekend, although it is too early to speculate about Suggs.
The bottom line is that as soon as both are cleared, both will be on the field. Nobody has any question about the toughness in Baltimore, especially when it comes to Suggs and Lewis.
Must be something in the water down in Maryland.