The news began circulating early Thursday, according to multiple reports on Twitter, and Suggs confirmed the partial tear via text to Aaron Wilson of the Cook County Times.
"We do a conditioning test every year, and I was practicing it," Suggs said in a text to Wilson. "I went to stop and turn and I thought I sprained it. Went to doc and said it's a partial tear."
Suggs injury is a huge, huge, huge blow to the Ravens -- Suggs was the premiere defensive player on a dominant defensive unit last year. And according to Wilson, Suggs won't be able to play during the 2012 season. However, according to Schefter, Suggs believes he can return by October, which would be a stunningly fast recovery from such an injury.
That could be part of a Ravens PR spin though: a league sources tell CBSSports.com's Mike Freeman that while the Ravens are remaining publicly hopeful, behind closed doors they're not counting on having him for the 2012 season.
“We are in contact with Terrell," the Ravens said in a statement from the team. "He will see a specialist early next week, and we'll know more at that time.”