Reigning Defensive Player of the Year
A report over the weekend from ESPN’s Chris Mortensen said that Suggs wants to return for the Oct. 21 game against the Texans, but that the Ravens would prefer to wait until Week 9 against the Browns where he has the bye week to continue recovering from Achilles tendon surgery.
Head Coach John Harbaugh addressed the report during his Monday press conference, saying that Suggs’ return date is still very much up in the air.
"None of us know,” Harbaugh said. "None of us know. Could it be [the Houston] game? Could it be after the bye week and then two weeks after that or three weeks after that? His progress between now and then is going to determine that. We don’t know that yet.”
Suggs hasn’t practiced since last January, and before the Ravens put him back in game action they first want to see what he can do on the practice field.
"Once he gets out there and starts practicing, then we’ll have a better indication,” Harbaugh said. "Is [the Houston game] a possibility? Yeah, because he’s eligible to come back then and looks pretty good right now. But he’s not going though any football workouts yet, hasn’t been through a practice or anything like that. I don’t think you know until you see him practice.”
Suggs suffered an Achilles tear near the end of April and had surgery on May 8. He has been a regular face at the Under Armour Performance Center since training camp opened in July to get treatment and go through rehab.
The veteran outside linebacker has made visible progress, as he’s has been seen jumping up and down on the sidelines during recent TV broadcasts.
"The reality of it is that the guy has done a great job preparing himself,” Harbaugh said. "He’s really worked hard. He's done a great job."