Terrell Suggs Rips His Achilles in Plain Sight
In a game where the Baltimore Ravens defense was able to dominate Peyton Manning -- sacking him four times, the most he's been taken down since 2013 -- they suffered a frustrating loss both on and off the field.
It was a last-minute loss, made worse due to a last-minute injury to the face of Baltimore's D, former defensive player of the year Terrell Suggs.
A torn achilles isn't the easiest injury to come back from, but give Suggs credit for not stressing over it.
Must be familiarity with the experience. Dude did the same thing in Week 8 of the 2012 campaign. An injury that typically takes about a full year of recovery, Suggs was back on the field for Week 1 of 2013, a season where he racked up 80 tackles and 10 sacks.
Something else about that 2012-2013 season stands out: Baltimore won the Super Bowl.
Another similarity between this season and 2012?
Next-man-up shouldn't be too difficult at linebacker for the Ravens. They already had a three-headed machine at ouside linebacker with Suggs, Elvis Dumervil, and Courtney Upshaw, the latter of whom should fill in nicely. The true next-man-up is rookie fourth-round pick Za'Darius Smith.
Incidentally, Smith sat out Week 1 with an injury of his own.
The rest of the defense is looking very strong. It's actually the first time the Ravens' secondary has been completely healthy in a very long time.
They've done it before, and they'll try to do it again.
Ball So Hard University may have let out a little early this year, but that's just more motivation for the rest of the defense to step up their game.
Conversely, the offense was seemingly in shambles during Week 1. Pressure's really on Flacco now.