Suggs sizzles but not like Ray Lewis

Suggs sizzles but not like Ray Lewis
October 17, 2012, 5:30 pm
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Who knows whether or not Ray Lewis' career is over.

The 17th-year linebacker had surgery on his torn right triceps Wednesday, but his Ravens teammates expect him to be there even if he can't play.

The same goes for cornerback Lardarius Webb, who tore a ligament in his knee in last week's 31-29 win vs. the Dallas Cowboys.

"They're going to be here helping us. They're still going to study the game and pretty much let us know what they're seeing to help ease our thoughts," linebacker Albert McClellan said. "They're gone on the field, but in meeting rooms I'm pretty sure Ray probably will be … telling us what he sees."

Though his best years are behind him, the emotional spark that Lewis brings can't be measured in statistics. The Ravens will get back linebacker Terrell Suggs, who began practicing for the first time this season Wednesday. He tore his Achilles after he was named 2011 NFL Defensive Player of the Year.

But Suggs, who is known as Sizzle, is no substitute for Lewis.

"Sizzle is who he is and Ray is who he is. He'll never be that guy Ray Lewis," defensive end Pernell McPhee said. "Take nothing from Sizz …  ain't no other Ray.

"We still got a lot of vets. We got Haloti (Ngata). We got Ed Reed. We got Sizz. … Hopefully Ray (will) be with us every game, flying in and getting us crunk."

Linebacker Paul Kruger agrees when it comes to Lewis' uniqueness.

"You can't replace a guy like that. His leadership, his character, what he brings to the game," Kruger said. "He's a teammate so you don't want to count him out of it. … He's the type of guy that motivates you a lot to play, to fight. Even the way you live your life he wants (you) to do better. … He makes me want to be a better person. Be a better football player."

McClellan chalks up the circumstances to the Ravens having to prove their championship mettle. They were without out Lewis for four games last season, went undefeated and still went 12-4. But they weren't without Webb, too.

"Any great team overcame adversity. … In order for us to be great, we got to overcome this," McClellan said. "I'm pretty sure since their names are on the roster they're going to want this team to be great. They want to put their input on this team so they're going to help us overcome."