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Baltimore Ravens' Terrell Suggs has successful Achilles surgery

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Baltimore Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs had successful surgery on his Achilles' tendon, general manager Ozzie Newsome said in a statement Tuesday.

Suggs, 29, partially tore the tendon working out last week in Arizona, where he makes his offseason home, putting the Pro Bowler's availability for the 2012 season in doubt.

Dr. Bob Anderson performed the surgery in Charlotte, N.C., where Suggs will rehabilitate.

"We know he will work hard to get back on the field with his teammates as soon as the doctors and trainers allow," Newsome said. "We're confident that he can make a full recovery."

It's not known when he will be able to suit up this year, but Suggs said he could be back by midseason after the injury happened. Achilles injuries often require many months of recuperation.

Suggs said he became aware of the injury during a "stop-and-go" exercise.

The Ravens are expected to line up second-round pick Courtney Upshaw at Suggs' rush linebacker spot and have Paul Kruger take over at strongside linebacker, Jarret Johnson's former position.

Suggs, the reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year, told the Carroll County Times that he was doing "sweet, marvelous" after the surgery, saying he got good news but did not elaborate.

The nine-year veteran has been voted to five Pro Bowls and is the Ravens' all-time sack leader with 82.5.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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