En route to a 13-16 loss against the Denver Broncos on Sunday, Baltimore Ravens OLB Terrell Suggs tore his Achilles tendon. It was the fourth quarter when Suggs fell injured, grabbing his ankle. After attempting to walk into the locker room, a cart had to be summoned. A short time later, the devastating diagnosis and prognosis were announced.
This is not the first time Suggs has torn his Achilles. During the 2012 off season he partially tore his Achilles in Arizona during a conditioning drill. At the time he said via ESPN, "I've never had a real bad injury before-- sometimes you have to go through something like this to make you better."
Suggs is 32 and was entering his 13th season, but he was still a strong contributor to the Baltimore Ravens during the 2014 season tallying 61 tackles and an impressive 12 sacks, his best total outside of 2011 when he totaled 14. He was also a formidable competitor against the Pittsburgh Steelers. In the Steelers playoff loss to the Ravens, Suggs had six tackles, one pass defensed, and one interception.
The Steelers face off against the Ravens for the first time during Week 4. It will be a Thursday night game at home, just a few short days after they play the St. Louis Rams in St. Louis. The Ravens will struggle to fill the void left by Suggs who is the backbone of his team's defense.
Of the loss, teammate Elvis Dumerville told NFL.com, "You can never replace a Terrell Suggs." Indeed, Suggs will be very difficult to replace.