Suggs regains explosiveness, playing with an edge

Suggs regains explosiveness, playing with an edge
January 26, 2013, 9:30 pm
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Since Terrell Suggs tore his right biceps in a game Week 13, he hadn't been very noticeable on the field.

He sat out the following week. Then four-plus games later, in the second half of a divisional playoff game at the Denver Broncos, Sizzle, as he is known, was back for the Ravens.

Suggs had 2 sacks of Peyton Manning as the Ravens rattled him and won 38-35 in double-overtime. They followed that up with a 28-13 win at the New England Patriots to advance to the Super Bowl on Feb. 3 in New Orleans.

He didn't have much to say until the Patriots win, when he called out their coach Bill Belichick with some vulgarity. But he admitted after a 24-9 wild-card playoff win vs. the Indianapolis Colts beforehand that his Achilles still was bothering him. Suggs was on the physically-unable-to-perform list to start the season and missed the first six games.

“We haven’t monitored or charted his explosive quotient so far, but he is getting better,” coach John Harbaugh said Saturday after the Ravens practiced for the last time at home before heading to New Orleans. “He is becoming quicker, faster, more explosive, stronger, all of those things. You can tell that it is healing, and he is just playing more like a normal, 100-percent Terrell Suggs would play.”

The defense harassed Patriots quarterback Tom Brady in the second half of the AFC title game, making him uncomfortable like Manning. Suggs’ play has inspired the offense, too.

“That was remarkable, the inner strength that he showed,” left guard Kelechi Osemele said. “The fact that after all of that he was willing to go out and fight with his brothers,  that made it 10 times easier to go out there and fight for him.”