Baltimore Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs has torn his Achilles and his 2012 season now is in jeopardy, a source with knowledge of the situation said Thursday. Suggs, however, said via text message, the injury is a partial tear and that he is aiming to return to the field by midseason.
Suggs was working out and doing drills in Arizona, which is his normal offseason plan. It's a huge blow for the pass-rush hungry Ravens, who will be without the reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year.
Suggs said that a previous ESPN report stating the injury occurred while he was playing basketball is "false."
The linebacker was maintaining his usual offseason workout routine in Arizona, his home. "We have a conditioning test, and I was practicing for it," Suggs said via text.
He said he felt the injury during a "stop-and-go" exercise. He will visit a specialist on Tuesday.
To all my loyal and true fans, know that everything the can and needs to be done, WILL BE DONE!!!!!! I WILL BE IN A RAVENS UNIFORM IN 2012!!
- Terrell Suggs (@untouchablejay4) May 3, 2012
Ravens top officials became aware of the injury on Monday, according to a team source. Suggs suffered the injury over the weekend.
The Ravens did not immediately confirm the injury, but released a statement via their official Twitter feed.
"We are in contact with Terrell," the Ravens' statement read. "He will see a specialist early next week, and we'll know more at that time."
Ravens' second-round draft pick Courtney Upshaw tweeted, "I keep getn these "it's time to man up" tweets...I mean it's the NFL...with T. Sizzle healthy I wud have to man up its big boy ball..."
Upshaw could be called upon to fill in and replace Suggs' production.
Suggs had a career-high 14 sacks during the 2011 season along with two interceptions. Suggs was a first-team All-Pro selection for the first time last season and has made the Pro Bowl five times in his nine-year career.
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