Suggs expressed hope that he might be able to return at some point this season, saying it's a partial tear.
"We do a conditioning test every year and I was practicing it," Suggs said via text message. "And I went to stop and turn and I thought I sprained it. Went to doc and said it's a partial tear. Will he play this year? "Absolutely, middle to end of October," Suggs indicated. "Definitely beginning of November. I love how you guys (media) are saying out for the season. Just gonna make my comeback that much bigger." “We are in contact with Terrell," the Ravens said in a statement. "He will see a specialist early next week, and we’ll know more at that time.”
If Suggs is out for even half of or the majority of the season, it's a devastating blow to the NFL's third-ranked defense from last season.
Suggs, 29, is the reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year.
He led the Ravens with a career-high 14 sacks last season and forced a franchise-record seven fumbles.
The Ravens have some options to play Suggs' rush linebacker spot: second-round rookie outside linebacker Courtney Upshaw, an All-American from Alabama, former second-round pick Paul Kruger, who had 5 1/2 sacks last season and is the frontrunner to play strongside outside linebacker, and Pernell McPhee.
McPhee is more of a traditional defensive end, a sixth-round pick who had six sacks in limited action as a rookie last year.
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