"We do a conditioning test every year and I was practicing it," Suggs said via text message. "And I went to stop and turn and I thought I sprained it. Went to doc and said it's a partial tear."
So will he play this season?
"Absolutely, middle to end of October," Suggs indicated. "Definitely beginning of November. I love how you guys (the media) are saying 'out for the season.' Just gonna make my comeback that much bigger."
If Suggs is out for even half of or the majority of the season, it's a devastating blow to the NFL's third-ranked defense from last season.
"We are in contact with Terrell," the Ravens said in a statement. "He will see a specialist early next week, and we'll know more at that time."
Suggs, 29, is the reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year.
He led the Ravens with a career-high 14 sacks last season and forced a franchise-record seven fumbles.
The Ravens have some options to play Suggs' rush linebacker spot: second-round rookie outside linebacker Courtney Upshaw, an All-American from Alabama; former second-round pick Paul Kruger, who had 5 1/2 sacks last season and is the frontrunner to play strongside outside linebacker; and Pernell McPhee.
McPhee is more of a traditional defensive end, a sixth-round pick who had six sacks in limited action as a rookie last year.
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