Baltimore Ravens outside linebacker Terrell Suggs could be ready for the first day of training camp according to head coach John Harbaugh via BaltimoreRavens.com. Suggs is currently rehabbing from a torn Achilles injury he suffered in week 1 of the 2015 season against the Denver Broncos.
This is the second time in Suggs career that he sustained an Achilles injury. In 2012, during the offseason, Suggs suffered the injury which made him land on the Ravens PUP (physically unable to perform) list to begin the season. Suggs went on to play with the injury that season as his role was critical in the Ravens winning Super Bowl 47.
Now, at the age of 33, it will be interesting to see how Suggs can come back from this injury again. He has been in the league for 14 seasons now and the wear and tear on a defensive player who is entering his mid 30's is natural.
Suggs has had a Hall of Fame-worthy career with 106.5 sacks during the regular season, to go along with 726 combined tackles, 25 forced fumbles, 13 fumble recoveries and seven interceptions. Suggs is currently third all-time in NFL playoff history with 12.5 sacks. He is also a defensive rookie of the year winner in 2003 as well as a defensive player of the year winner in 2011.
A healthy Suggs for the Ravens in 2016 provides the opportunity for young pass rushers such as Kamalei Correa, Bronson Kaufusi, Matt Judon and Za'Darius Smith to learn the game at their own pace and not be forced to carrying the burden early on to begin the 2016 season. Suggs presence also helps bookend pass rusher Elvis Dumervil to be free of double teams which he faced constantly during the 2015 season.