Suggs hurting despite Harbaugh’s denial

Suggs hurting despite Harbaugh’s denial
December 19, 2012, 9:30 am
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Harbaugh: Ravens won't back down from challenging road to postseason

Terrell Suggs ran to the sideline in the first quarter of last week’s game for the Ravens, dangling his right arm that has a torn biceps.

How does that impact him going forward and heading into Sunday’s game with the New York Giants remains to be seen, but instead of answering the question about Suggs' status in a straight-forward fashion, a testy coach John Harbaugh lashed out at a reporter for asking him about it.

“I’m not aware of that. I’m not aware of the pain. I’m not sure what you’re talking about,” Harbaugh said. “Just give me a better question. Give me a question that doesn’t assume certain things aren’t true.”

Just a week before that, Harbaugh denied there was a dispute on the sideline with Cam Cameron going into halftime of the Ravens’ 31-28 overtime loss at the Washington Redskins when it was clear they at least exchanged words. The next day, Cameron was fired as offensive coordinator.

Suggs tore his biceps in a Dec.  2 game with the Pittsburgh Steelers and sat out the game vs. Washington. He came back in the 34-17 loss to Denver on Sunday.

In the first quarter, Suggs converged on Peyton Manning with teammate Paul Kruger, hitting his arm on 1st and 10 to force an incompletion.

Suggs immediately ran to the sideline and was noticeably in pain.

“I thought he played well. I thought he fought and battled out there,” Harbaugh said. “He has a lot of courage. He is a fighter. I like Terrell Suggs. He is a warrior.”

The fact is, since coming back during Week 7 from Achilles surgery against the Houston Texans when he played 44, or 55% of the defensive snaps, Suggs played his fewest snaps of the season last week. He was on the field vs. the Broncos for 42 (55%) snaps.

Compare that to when Suggs played 54 snaps at the Cleveland Browns (77%), 49 vs. the Oakland Raiders (65%), 62 at the Steelers (86%), 61 at the San Diego Chargers (90%) and 54 vs. the Steelers in the rematch (82%), the latter of which his arm injury occurred in the fourth quarter.