ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that Suggs, who came off the physically-unable-to-perform list this week and practiced with the team Wednesday, expects to play Sunday against the Houston Texans. But the NFL Network’s Albert Breer quotes a team source who says he would “shocked” if Suggs were to play.
Suggs wasn’t tipping his hand, saying only that he “come Sunday, I may or may not be out there.” He had promised to play this season after partially tearing his Achilles’ tendon in May, but November seemed a far more likely possibility than October. Ravens Coach John Harbaugh promised that the team would be cautious with Suggs, who appears to have gained weight since being injured.
“To what extent, to what he’s able to do, I think we should temper our expectations a little bit,” Harbaugh said. “He’s coming off a very serious injury. I think he’s worked really hard. He’s done a great job with the rehab, he’s followed protocol. He had no setbacks throughout the course of the whole deal.”
The Ravens certainly could use their 2011 Defensive Player of the Year, even if there is a bit more of him than they’d like to see. The Ravens lost cornerback Lardarius Webb for the season and linebacker Ray Lewis for a significant period of time this week. Webb tore his anterior cruciate ligament and Lewis has a torn triceps.
As if those losses weren’t bad enough, safety Ed Reed told Baltimore’s WJZ on Wednesday night that he is playing with a torn labrum in his shoulder. “Is it affecting my game? Maybe,” he told Jerry Coleman. The Ravens, however, didn’t list him on their injury report. Reed said the shoulder isn’t a problem because “I’m not a pitcher, man.”