Suggs facing six months out

Terrell Suggs will need surgery to repair a partial tear of his Achilles but expects to return midway through the 2012 NFL season, the reigning defensive player of the year said.


The 29-year-old Baltimore Ravens linebacker, who suffered the injury during a conditioning test, will have the surgery next week and anticipates returning to his team's lineup in about four to six months.

"Absolutely," Suggs said in a report posted on The Carroll County Times' website. "Middle to end of October. Definitely beginning of November."

The loss of Suggs for any amount of time would be a major blow to a defensive-oriented Ravens team that captured the AFC North division title last season and came within one victory of a berth in the Super Bowl.

Suggs had a career-high 14 sacks last season along with 70 tackles and two interceptions.

"He will see a specialist early next week, and we'll know more at that time," the Ravens said in a statement.

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