Baltimore Ravens outside linebacker, Terrell Suggs, underwent successful surgery on Tuesday afternoon to repair a torn Achilles tendon and is expected to make a full recovery, according to John Eisenberg of CSNBaltimore.com.
Suggs, 29, suffered the injury last week during a workout in Arizona. It’s unknown whether Suggs partially or completely tore his tendon.
If the reining NFL Defensive Player of the Year partially tore his Achilles, there’s a possibility he could return by the middle to later portion of the season. However, if Suggs completely tore his Achilles, then he’s projected to miss the next eight months to a year and would miss the entire 2012 season, according to Aaron Wilson of The Carroll County Times.
During his absence, the Ravens are expected to insert second-round draft pick Courtney Upshaw at Suggs’ vacated outside linebacker position and have fourth-year veteran Paul Kruger take over at strongside linebacker, Jarrett Johnson’s old position.
In his senior season at Alabama, Upshaw was an All-American selection, as he recorded 9.5 sacks for the Crimson Tide.
In any case, it’s going to be hard to replace Suggs’ career-high 14 sacks and seven forced fumbles from a season ago. Suggs is also the Ravens’ all-time leader in sacks with 82.5 and forced fumbles with 29.
The 6-foot-3, 260-pound Suggs has missed just three games in nine seasons for the Ravens. In fact, he’s started every game for the team in six of his nine seasons.