Suggs sounds unsure he'll be able to play

RAVENS NOTEBOOK

January 14, 2009

On Monday, Ravens coach John Harbaugh sounded cautiously optimistic about the availability of Pro Bowl linebacker Terrell Suggs against the Pittsburgh Steelers, but Suggs himself sounded less than certain later that evening on Fox Sports 1370.

Suggs said after Saturday's Tennessee Titans game that his sprained shoulder would not keep him out of the AFC championship game, but Monday night he said he might have to wear a brace or harness - similar to the one former Raven Peter Boulware used to wear - if he played. Suggs also said he had confidence in his replacement, Edgar Jones.

End zone

Harbaugh declined to name a potential successor to defensive coordinator Rex Ryan, who is considered a top candidate for the head coaching jobs with the New York Jets and St. Louis Rams. "That's way ahead of our thinking right now," Harbaugh said. "As a head coach, you're always formulating possibilities. Rex's total focus and my total focus and our team's total focus is going to be on the Pittsburgh Steelers and that's it. Everything else can take care of itself when the time comes."

In talking to his players this week, Harbaugh said he won't bring up the controversial touchdown catch that gave the Steelers a 13-9 win over the Ravens a month ago.

On Fox Sports Radio, Brian Billick had this observation about his former team: "Obviously [Joe] Flacco is playing above what you'd expect as a rookie. I don't want to say he hasn't impacted the game, but he hasn't lost the game compared to Eli Manning and Kerry Collins, and some of the turnovers they've had."

Baltimore Sun reporters Mike Preston and Jamison Hensley contributed to this article.

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