At this time of year the Ravens have no expectations of seeing Terrell Suggs in the building. Instead of coming to the optional team workouts Sizzle trains on his own, then arrives at mandatory minicamp. But not this year.
John Harbaugh, Head Coach, spoke with the media last week that Terrell has been in rehabbing his surgically-repaired Achilles. Baltimore Sun's Jeff Zrebiec believes this is even bigger & better news than the return of Breshad Perriman or Dennis Pitta.
"After all, he's been away from the team since the injury occurred in Week 1 last season," Zrebiec wrote. "It's a good sign he was back around his coaches and teammates."
A bit surprising to most, as Terrell wasn't around at all essentially during the 2015-2016 season. I presume he didn't want his teammates to see him hobbling around looking weak or incapable and would rather hole up and heal away from the public eye.
Working out is one thing, but the big question is whether Suggs can play on the Achilles this season. All signs point to steady progress, but rehabbing back to NFL play is no easy feat, let alone this being the second time in four years Terrell has torn the Achilles.
The team won't be as reliant on Suggs this season, as the front seven has underwent personnel additions over the past two years. The squad now has Kamalei Correa, Bronson Kaufusi, and Matthew Judon to rush ball-carriers. Don't forget the players already on the squad Za'Darius Smith and Elvis Dumervil. Both impact players that can rack in big time tackle for loss & sack digits.
The timetable for return on Terrell Suggs will be training camp.
"The expectation is the Ravens will take it extremely slow with him," Zrebiec said. "Suggs traditionally speaks to reporters at the mandatory minicamp (June 14-16), so we should know more about his readiness for training camp at that point."