Mr Ball So Hard himself will not be balling this up coming NFL season. Baltimore Ravens All Pro linebacker Terrell Suggs may miss the entire 2013 NFL Season after tearing his Achilles tendon while training in Arizona.
The nine-year vet was the NFL Defensive Player Of The Year in 2012 and had his overall best season amassing 14 sacks, 70 tackles and 7 forced fumbles.
Suggs tore the Achilles during a routine workout in Arizona. Suggs who was an All American at Arizona State spends most of his off seasons in Arizona preparing for the NFL season. There has been speculation regarding whether or not Suggs injured himself doing football related drills or playing basketball as was reported minutes after the news broke.
Suggs stated that he tore his Achilles doing football related stop and go drill at his old highschool. ESPN Senior NFL Insider Adam Schefter reported this morning that Suggs injured the Achilles playing pick up basketball. It’s not known whether or not the Ravens and Suggs have language in his contract that stipulates what type of non football related activities he may be able to participate in.
Suggs will be severely missed. Considered to be the best rush outside linebacker in the game, Suggs is versatile enough to play the run, play in open space as a linebacker, and yet still be able to line up as a true defensive end on most defensive plays. His skill set allows the Ravens to shift the strength of the defense to either side while not having to truly show their hand in pre snap reads.
The Raven are now banking the ability of 2nd round draft pick Courtney Upshaw out of Alabama. The 35th overall pick in last weeks NFL Draft and First Team All American will be counted on to provide immediate impact as a combo linebacker. Upshaw’s ability to rush the passer makes sense for him to replace Suggs. Paul Kruger should do a fine job playing opposite Upshaw and helping to set the edge and stop the outside run game.
Its sad when a player of Suggs ability gets injured in non game action. The game needs Suggs from a fans perspective and his ability to play with a strong heart and desire. Lets hope that same heart allows Suggs who will turn 30 soon to return to his Pro Bowl form. I look forward to hearing Suggs scream out BALL SO HARD…..