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Terrell Suggs’ Achilles tendon only partially torn

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For Baltimore Ravens outside linebacker Terrell Suggs, there’s hope for a return in 2012.

Suggs, 29, only partially tore his Achilles tendon, a prognosis confirmed during his successful surgery to repair the damage on Tuesday, according to Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com.

That being said, Suggs could make a return in four to six months instead of being out for the entire upcoming season.

And, according to Hensley, under Suggs’ timetable, he could miss seven games and return after the Ravens’ Week 8 bye for the Nov. 4 game at Cleveland.

However, it remains to be seen how long it will take Suggs, the reining NFL Defensive Player of the Year, to regain his 14 sack and seven forced fumbles form.

As of now, the leading candidate to take over in Suggs’ absence is second-round draft pick Courtney Upshaw, an All-American performer from the University of Alabama.

The 6-foot-2, 272-pound Upshaw is expected to slide in at Suggs’ weakside linebacker spot while fourth-year veteran Paul Kruger is expected to take over Jarret Johnson’s former strongside linebacker position.