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Terrell Suggs partially tears his Achilles

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With their defense aging and Joe Flacco's contract expiring, the Ravens are in "win now" mode, but they suffered a tremendous offseason blow on Thursday as Terrell Suggs partially tore his Achilles tendon while playing basketball.

 

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.”

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wow. HUGE blow to the ravens D, but now Upshaw will have every opportunity to shine this year.

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What would Suggs value be the rest of the year? I have a chance to pick him up in a trade and I don't want to overvalue him based on what he has done in the past. Should I expect him to be near his old self in a few weeks?

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IDK man I have a rule where I never trade for D Players. You can always pick one up off waivers.

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Suggs will have more opportunities due to the status of the rest of BAL defense.

 

I believe he will have very good value, but I believe it will be about 75% with the potential to match his last production.

 

It would be different if BAL was the defense of old, but due to all the injuries, Suggs will be on the field a lot and try to make up for the other losses in personnel.

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IDK man I have a rule where I never trade for D Players. You can always pick one up off waivers.

 

 

We start 3 DL and a good one can be a pretty big advantage in most weeks. The trade is is Fitz, Nicholas,Wright for Steve Smith, Weatherspoon, and Suggs. I have Cobb on the bench right now so he will take the place of Fitz. Steve Smith should have a strong second half with a weak schedule I think and I also will get a big upgrade at LB and DL. I hate to lose Fitz but his situation worries me also.

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