Terrell Suggs has heard the reports indicating that he’ll miss all of the NFL’s upcoming season and he doesn’t want to hear it.
The Baltimore Ravens linebacker tore his Achilles tendon on Saturday while practicing the conditioning test the Ravens make their players take. He was working out at his old high school in Chandler, Arizona when he felt something turn, so he called his trainer.
He said he is not currently on crutches but confirmed that will have surgery next week. Suggs said he expects to recover from the injury in four to six months.
Still, the average return to playing in a professional football game is 11 months, according to a study presented at the American Academy Orthopedic Surgeons in 2006.
Suggs, who will be 30 in October, says he was “stunned” at reports indicating that he would miss the entire season.
“That’s just going to make it so much sweeter when I run out of that tunnel and prove everyone wrong,” Suggs said.
He said this was the first major injury in his NFL career.
“I’ve never had a real bad injury before – sometimes you have to go through something like this to make you better,” he said.
Suggs denied that the injury happened while playing basketball, contrary to what some sources were reporting.
The Ravens have reportedly not yet seen Suggs’ MRI.
Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome said that the team learned of Suggs’ injury earlier this week.
“We found out about it on Monday. He said he would be visiting with a specialist early next week,” Newsome said.
Over the course of his nine-year playing career, Suggs has only missed three games. He is the Ravens’ career sacks leader with 82 1/2.
More in the video below from ESPN.
- Ravens’ Terrell Suggs Tears Achilles, Likely Out For Season (tracking.si.com)
- Terrell Suggs: Baltimore Ravens LB Tears Achilles, 2012 Season in Jeopardy (bleacherreport.com)