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Terrell Suggs reportedly to rejoin practice this week

Terrell Suggs is ready to take another step toward his return for the Baltimore Ravens.

The Baltimore Sun reported Tuesday that Suggs is expected to come off the physically unable to perform list this week and join the Ravens in practice on an "extremely" limited basis.

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A source told the Sun that the timetable for a Suggs' return remains in the range of mid- to late-November as he recovers from surgery to repair a partially torn Achilles tendon.

"It's going to take time," the source said. "There's no reason to do anything risky with a guy this important. You have to think about the big picture with him."

The Ravens could certainly use Suggs' leadership after learning that Ray Lewis' season is over after the linebacker tore his triceps muscle in Sunday's 31-29 win over the Dallas Cowboys.

Even before the Ravens lost Lewis and cornerback Ladarius Webb (torn ACL) on Sunday, they badly missed Suggs' presence. The unit has played well below its reputation without Suggs, the reigning Defensive Player of the Year who finished last season with 14 sacks and seven forced fumbles.

If Suggs remains on his current timetable, he should be back in the lineup for a stretch drive for the postseason. But will he be close to the same player he was before the injury?

The answer to that question could determine how deep the Ravens can advance in January.

Follow Dan Hanzus on Twitter @danhanzus.

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