Ravens flirt with fine by not listing Suggs

Ravens flirt with fine by not listing Suggs
December 19, 2012, 6:15 pm
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The Ravens are trying to avoid 4 losses in a row

The most interesting thing about the Ravens’ injury report Wednesday isn’t about who is listed.

It’s who isn’t.

In a puzzling move by the Ravens, linebacker Terrell Suggs -- who tore his biceps Dec. 2, sat out the following week’s game at the Washington Redskins and played a season-low 42 snaps Sunday -- is nowhere to be found.

In fact, Suggs ran to the sideline with his arm dangling in the first quarter of a 34-17 loss last week to the Denver Broncos in obvious pain while trying to sack Peyton Manning. He wasn’t much of a factor in the game and played fewer snaps than he did Oct. 21, when he played 44 snaps in his first game of the season after recovering from an Achilles tear.

Coach John Harbaugh became dismissive when asked about Suggs' biceps going into Sunday’s game against the New York Giants. Suggs has yet to speak this week. A public relations staff member confirmed that Suggs' omission was not an oversight in the report. 

Six players didn’t practice for the Ravens: receiver Tandon Doss (ankle), running back Bernard Pierce (concussion), receiver Torrey Smith (concussion), guard Marshal Yanda (ankle) and safety Bernard Pollard (chest/ribs). Jameel McClain, who has yet to be de-activated and placed on the injured list because of a spinal contusion, also is listed. The team already has declared him out for the season.

Tight end Ed Dickson (knee), linebacker Dannell Ellerbe (ankle), safety James Ihedigbo (neck), tackle Arthur Jones (shoulder), fullback Vonta Leach (ankle) and linebacker Albert McClellan (thigh/shoulder) had limited participation.

Dickson and Ellerbe have missed every game in the Ravens’ three-game losing streak.

Linebacker Ray Lewis (triceps) was with the team and practiced Wednesday, but his status isn’t listed because he has yet to be activated from the injured list. He has been eligible to return since last week’s game and the Ravens have until Saturday at 4 p.m. ET to make it official. 

Harbaugh was livid that the Ravens were fined $20,000 by the NFL for not being truthful with their injury report in November. Safety Ed Reed revealed in a radio interview that he had been playing with torn cartilage in his shoulder as early as Week 3 and he never was listed during that span. 

Since Reed practiced fully and didn’t miss any time with the shoulder injury, Harbaugh didn’t believe it was necessary to list the safety. He then said the Ravens would follow the rules but declared that the injury report “has no value.” The size of his reports have since tripled. 

Suggs practiced fully Wednesday.