Teammates marvel at Suggs' comeback

Teammates marvel at Suggs' comeback
October 23, 2012, 6:00 pm

In his first game of the season with the Ravens, linebacker Terrell Suggs played 44 snaps coming off an Achilles tear.

He was projected to be on the field for no more than 20. Suggs' triumphant return, however, was overshadowed by a 43-13 drubbing to the Houston Texans.

Just five minutes in, he had a sack of quarterback Matt Schaub. He helped the Ravens force Houston into consecutive three-plays-and-out possessions to start the game.

"I didn't know that he'd be able to play that many snaps, in all honesty," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. "For him to be able to play 44 snaps is really something. I don't know if that has ever been accomplished. To come back from an Achilles tear at that stage of the offseason and to come back this quickly and then to play the way he played it's probably unprecedented."

Fellow linebackers Jameel McClain and Paul Kruger are encouraged by what they saw out of Suggs, too, heading into the bye week. The defense is trying to re-organize and Suggs could be the shot in the arm they need.

"What Terrell Suggs did is amazing. It still baffles me," McClain said. "I said to him, 'For you to be out here after going through what you went through is something that makes you want to fight even more for that respect and for that man.'"

Kruger realized in practice, when Suggs was allowed to participate off the physically-unable-to-perform list less than a week ago, that he'd be ready.

"I knew what he could do because I saw him do it a couple days previous," Kruger said of  "He's a hell of a player, and the way he's worked to get back and get his leg back in shape, it's pretty incredible."