Ravens linebackers Courtney Upshaw and Paul Kruger with team Media Relations Director Chad Steele after yesterday's OTA practice (5/30/12)
Depending on whom you ask, the Baltimore Ravens will be without the reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year in Terrell Suggs for part or all of the 2012 regular season. While medical experts raise their collective eyebrows at Suggs' defiant prediction that he will return a lot earlier than they think, it remains clear that he will miss at least a chunk of the team's games.
In his place, it appears that most of the reps will be taken by rookie OLB Courtney Upshaw. Veteran Albert McClellan is in the mix and who knows what other schemes will call for in T-Sizzle's absence? While Paul Kruger is an outside backer, he was always expected to step in for the now-departed veteran Jarret Johnson, who bolted to the San Diego Chargers in free agency.
Don Banks of Sports Illustrated did a story on the Ravens and how Suggs' impact will, or possibly will not, affect the team going forward. He does not deny the Ravens defensive talent but still questions how to replace a guy the caliber of Suggs with his stats and the way he disrupts opposing team's offenses.