Baltimore Ravens Pro Bowl outside linebacker Terrell Suggs underwent successful surgery Tuesday to repair a torn Achilles tendon and is expected to make a full recovery, according to general manager Ozzie Newsome.
Although Newsome didn't indicate whether Suggs will be able to play this fall and if it was a full or partial tear, Suggs has told the Times that he expects to play at some point this fall perhaps by November.
Asked how he's doing after his surgery performed by Carolina Panthers team doctor and noted foot and ankle specialist Robert Anderson in Charlotte, N.C., Suggs told the Times: "Sweet, marvelous."
The five-time Pro Bowl selection also said he got good news without specifying the prognosis and recovery time for his return.
"Terrell had a successful surgical procedure done on his Achilles tendon this afternoon by Dr. Bob Anderson," Newsome said. "After some recovery time, ‘Sizzle' will begin the process of rehabbing the area. We know he will work hard to get back on the field with his teammates as soon as the doctors and trainers allow. We're confident that he can make a full recovery."
If Suggs, 29, completely tore his Achilles in a conditioning drill during the final day of the NFL draft, then he's projected to be out for the next eight months to a year and would definitely miss the entire season.
However, a partial tear could allow Suggs to possibly return by the middle to later portion of the season.
What's also unclear is how long it would take Suggs to regain his trademark form as one of the most feared pass rushers in the game.
"Absolutely, middle to end of October," Suggs wrote in a text message to Scout shortly after word broke of his injury. "Definitely beginning of November. I love how you guys are saying out for the season, just gonna make my comeback that much bigger."
The Ravens are expected to line up second-round outside linebacker Courtney Upshaw at Suggs' vacated rush linebacker spot and have Paul Kruger take over at strongside linebacker, Jarret Johnson's former position.
Upshaw is an All-American selection from Alabama who recorded 9 1/2 sacks last season.
It will be hard to replace Suggs, who registered a career-high 14 sacks and seven forced fumbles last season.
Suggs recorded 70 tackles, a career-high 14 sacks and seven forced fumbles last season with a trio of three-sack games.
Suggs is the Ravens' all-time leader with 82 1/2 sacks and 29 forced fumbles.
Suggs has missed just three games in nine seasons for the Ravens since being drafted in the first round out of Arizona State with the 10th overall pick.
In six of his nine NFL seasons, Suggs has started every game.
"The Terrell Suggs incident is very unfortunate," Ravens cornerback Cary Williams said in a telephone interview. "I hope he gets well soon. I hate to be cliché, but it's the next man up. We can't sit and dwell on the issue with T-Sizzle. We've got to push forward. Everybody has to step up. I feel like one player doesn't make the team. He was Defensive Player of the Year, a key cornerstone for the defense.
"We'll miss him, but we have guys in place that can make an impact on the field as well. It won't be the same production from the younger guys, honestly."
We'll keep pressing forward. We have lost guys to injuries before." Ray Lewis was out last year for a period of time and guys stepped up. We've got a lot of players in our locker room like that."
Ravens sign Jacoby Jones to $7 million deal, extend Pollard for three more years
The Baltimore Ravens upgraded their languishing return game and provided depth for a thin wide receiver corps.
And the defending AFC North champions locked up a hard-hitting presence in their secondary for the next four years.
The Ravens agreed to a two-year, $7 million contract with speedy former Houston Texans wide receiver and kick returner Jacoby Jones. And they signed starting strong safety Bernard Pollard to a three-year contract extension, leaving him under contract through the 2015 season.
"Adding Jacoby gives us another proven downfield weapon in our passing game and production with our returns," general manager Ozzie Newsome said.
"His experience makes the offense better, and the competition he brings can help raise our levels at receiver and with punt and kickoff returns."
The Ravens had been seeking an experienced returner since last season, meeting with San Francisco 49ers return specialist Ted Ginn Jr. during free agency. He opted to remain with the NFC West franchise on a one-year contract.
Jones visited the Ravens this week after a previous meeting with the Carolina Panthers.
The Texans cut Jones last week months after he muffed a punt during an AFC divisional playoff loss to the Ravens that led to a Baltimore touchdown. Jones became unpopular in Houston after fumbling twice in that game.
Jones' presence ensures the Ravens won't need to expose starting cornerback Lardarius Webb to the risk of punt returns.
The 6-foot-2, 212-pound former Texans third-round draft pick should boost a kick return game that struggled last year as David Reed fumbled twice in one game, got benched and later tore his anteriorcruciate ligament.
Jones has averaged 10.2 yards per punt return with three touchdowns. He has a career 23.3 yard average on kickoff returns with one score.
The Ravens have two established starting wide receivers in Anquan Boldin and Torrey Smith.
However, they had no proven option at the third receiver spot and were evaluating the merits of Tandon Doss, Reed, LaQuan Williams and rookie Tommy Streeter.
Jones, 27, was due a $3 million base salary this year.
The former Lane College standout caught 31 passes for 512 yards and two touchdowns last season.
For his career, Jones has 127 receptions for 1,741 yards and 11 touchdowns.
Last season, he averaged 10.6 yards per punt return with a 79-yard touchdown. He didn't return kickoffs last year.
He was rendered expendable when the Texans drafted wide receivers DeVier Posey and Keshawn Martin in the third round and fourth round.
The Texans attempted to trade Jones, reportedly offering him in exchange for Cleveland Browns quarterback Colt McCoy. However, there were no takers.
Now, he's a Raven.
Jones rejoins a pair of former Texans teammates in Pollard and All-Pro fullback Vonta Leach.
Both players welcomed Jones via Twitter message.
Pollard, 27, is now under contract through the 2015 season.
The rugged 6-foot-1, 228-pounder emerged as the enforcer in the Ravens' secondary last season, beating out Tom Zbikowski for the strong safety job after three games.
Pollard started 13 games and registered 75 tackles, two sacks, three forced fumbles, a career-high 13 pass deflections and one interception, injecting the defense with a hard-nosed presence.
For his career, Pollard has 488 tackles, 7 1/2 sacks, eight interceptions and a dozen forced fumbles.
"Bernard showed last year that he is a Raven," Newsome said. "He's smart, tough and brings a passion to the games, our practices and in the weight room.
"His physical presence on the back end is very important to the way we play defense. He has indicated since the first day he stepped into our building last training camp that he wanted to be a Raven for the long haul."
Ravens lock up three draft picks: Osemele, Thompson and Jackson
The Baltimore Ravens locked up three draft picks Tuesday night, hammering out four-year deals with Kelechi Osemele, Christian Thompson and Asa Jackson.
All three players are scheduled to formally sign their contracts prior to the start of a rookie minicamp Friday.
Osemele is the Ravens' second-round draft pick from Iowa State, a 6-foot-6, 333-pound offensive tackle-guard slated to compete with Jah Reid for the starting left guard job.
Selected 60th overall, Osemele is an All-Big 12 Conference blocker who allowed only one sack in college and that was to Denver Broncos Pro Bowl outside linebacker Von Miller.
Osemele started 43 consecutive games, lining up at left tackle for 38 of them and another five at left guard. He was credited with 299 knockdown blocks and 49 blocks that led to touchdowns.
"I feel like I bring a lot of competitiveness and I feel like I bring a lot of physicality and aggression to the table," Osemele said during a conference call during the draft. "I just want to get in there and compete and try to fit where I may."
Thompson is a fourth-round draft pick from South Carolina State.
The 6-foot, 211-pounder is expected to provide depth behind Pro Bowl free safety Ed Reed, who has been mentoring him, and strong safety Bernard Pollard.
Thompson ran the 40-yard dash in 4.46 to 4.50 seconds at the NFL scouting combine, faster than any other safety.
"Christian is in the mold of the guys we like on defense," defensive coordinator Dean Pees said. "He's hard-nosed, tough and physical and smart. We like his versatility."
"We don't really consider guys box safeties or whatever. We don't want a one-dimensional safety that can only play down or play up. Christian can help us in a lot of ways."
Jackson is a fifth-round cornerback from Cal Poly.
The 5-foot-10, 190-pounder has 4.47 speed in the 40-yard dash and the return skills to make him a candidate for the punt returner job and in the secondary.
Jackson surrendered no touchdowns at Cal Poly, intercepting eight passes and returning three for touchdowns.
He averaged 14.7 yards per punt return for his career and 26.9 yards per kickoff return.
He finished with 199 career tackles., 31 pass deflections.
Jackson played in the Senior Bowl and bench pressed 225 pounds 19 times at the NFL scouting combine.
"He's a quick-footed guy," Ravens director of player personnel Eric DeCosta sadid. "He has some suddenness. You can see some burst and some twitch. He catches the ball pretty well. He'll be a guy that can go back there and compete.
"We're not going to anoint him as the punt and kick returner, but we think he has a chance to be a guy that can compete with some other guys."??
Still unsigned out of the Ravens' draft class: second-round outside linebacker Courtney Upshaw (Alabama), third-round running back Bernard Pierce (Temple), fourth-round center-guard Gino Gradkowski (Delaware), sixth-round wide receiver Tommy Streeter (Miami) and seventh-round defensive tackle DeAngelo Tyson (Georgia).
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