|Suggs will begin rehabbing within two weeks. (Getty Images)
When Terrell Suggs tore his Achilles last week, he claimed rather insistently that it was only a partial tear and that he would return to the NFL by November at the latest.
After surgery to repair his tendon, the Ravens linebacker has not amended those claims.
"Everything went good, [the doctor] was in and out," Suggs told the Baltimore Sun. "There is only a small incision, and he said it was not as bad as some thought it was, which I had already been told. … As far as my return, it's still the same as the original prognosis of four to six months.”
The surgery, performed in Charlotte, only took 30 minutes to complete, and doctors told him that he can begin rehabbing within the next two weeks. Suggs, who has missed only three games in his nine-year career, said he’ll travel to Baltimore soon to meet with the Ravens training staff.
If that’s the case and Suggs can return to the field by November (or even earlier than that), it would be tremendous news for the Ravens. He’s coming off a career year last season with 70 combined tackles, 14 sacks, seven forced fumbles and two interceptions. Though Suggs’ early season absence could help develop first-round pick Courtney Upshaw, it seems unlikely that the rookie will completely fill Suggs’ role immediately.
Upshaw might not have to for long.
"I'm 29 years old," Suggs said. "I don't miss games. I'll be returning soon."
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