For those of you who haven’t heard yet, Baltimore Ravens’ linebacker Terrell Thuggs…..errrrr, I mean “Suggs”, tore his Achilles tendon. The team doesn’t have confirmation on exactly how bad the injury is. They are awaiting news from doctors.
I would never celebrate a player getting injured. That would be a crass and classless move. But I must mention that Suggs’ injury may actually be a good thing for the Steelers.
Suggs is the reigning NFL Defensive Player Of The Year, and has been a constant thorn in the sides of the Steelers. Despite widespread belief that the Ravens are Ray Lewis’ team, Suggs is the most feared player on that team. Lewis and Ed Reed are both past their prime. But Suggs is in his prime. Moreover, he probably gets his hands on Steelers’ quarterback Ben Roethlisberger more frequently than any other opponent.
In my opinion, at this point in their careers, Suggs and Haloti Ngata are far more dominant than Lewis and Reed are. They’re really the heart of Baltimore’s defense. Moreover, they’re the two players that I spend the most time worrying about each time the Steelers play the Ravens.
Initial reports said that Suggs would likely miss the entire 2012 season due to the injury. However, Suggs made a public statement indicating that he thought that he would be able to return by mid-season.
Despite Suggs’ positive attitude, that’s just speculation on his part. He is scheduled to have surgery next week. He won’t have a meaningful estimate of when he can return to the playing field until after the doctors complete the surgery.
Good luck, Terrell. I wish you a speedy recovery. As much as I hate to admit it, the Steelers/Ravens rivalry is better when you’re on the field.