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Ravens Still Hope Suggs Will Play in 2012

Suggs to the PUP and not IR. A good sign?

In a move to get their roster down to 75 players, the Baltimore Ravens placed injured outside linebacker Terrell Suggs on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list, rather than injured reserve.

The PUP designation shows that the team has not given up hope on the reigning Defensive Player of the Year returning to the field this season.

“Ever since Terrell Suggs injured his Achilles this offseason, he’s vowed to make a return to the field this season and the Ravens have kept that possibility alive by placing him on the [PUP] list,” wrote’s Josh Alper.

If Suggs had been placed on IR, it would have meant his season is over, but with the PUP, he has the chance to start practicing after six weeks. That means he could be on the field with his teammates after Baltimore’s Oct. 14 matchup against the Dallas Cowboys.

When asked after practice yesterday whether the game plan is to try to have Suggs play in the Week 7 battle in Houston (the earliest Suggs could play), Head Coach John Harbaugh said it was too early to make that prediction, but is encouraged by Suggs’ progress.

“We don’t know. It’s still early,” Harbaugh said. “I’d say he’s doing really well. From everything I’ve been told, he’s doing very well. So, that’s where we’re at.”

A lot still needs to happen before Suggs can step on this field this year. I’ll trust that the franchise would not act  rashly by putting Suggs out on the field if he wasn’t really ready to go full speed. They have way too much money invested in him to not think long-term in terms of his football career.

As usual we will wait and see.


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