LB Terrell Suggs has suffered a torn Achilles.
Suggs was working out and doing drills in Arizona, which is his normal offseason plan. It's a huge blow for the pass-rush hungry Ravens, who will be without the reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year.
Suggs registered 14 sacks and 2 interceptions last year. The Ravens drafted outside linebacker Courtney Upshaw in the second round of the draft, but you can't expect him to be the same type of player that Suggs is. ESPN's Adam Schefter also reported that Suggs tore his Achilles, but says that Suggs believes he might not miss the entire season:
Unclear if Terrell Suggs tore Achilles playing basketball or in a conditioning test. Suggs thinks he could be back in October, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) May 3, 2012
Still, at the very least, Suggs should miss the Ravens' Week 4 contest against the Cleveland Browns on Thursday Night Football (which takes place on September 27, 2012). How big of a blow is the loss of Suggs for Baltimore? Could this be the type of thing that costs them a playoff spot?