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Terrell Suggs' quick recovery from Achilles injury goes against recent history

Study conducted in 2010 illustrates struggles players have had returning from similar injury

October 23, 2012|By Edward Lee | The Baltimore Sun

"I'm just trying to get it all back," he said. "A lot of guys — they've been doing this at training camp and I'm still trying to get mine right. But, like I said, this was the game I really wanted to come back for. We got the bye, and then we come back against Cleveland."

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The Suggs treatment

With his performance Sunday, Terrell Suggs appears to have put aside any doubts about his Achilles tendon tear. The history of NFL players who have attempted a similar comeback is mixed. Here are three defensive players who have enjoyed success after the injury and three who have not.

PlayerYear injuredAftermath

LB Julian Peterson2004 Returned in 2005; started 89 of the next 94 games and had 24½ sacks in the three years after the injury.

LB Takeo Spikes 2005Returned in 2006; started 91 of 95 games and had at least 85 tackles in four of the last five years.

DE Greg Ellis 2006Returned in 2007; started 40 of 43 games and had 27½ sacks in three-year span.

CB Bryant Westbrook2000Returned in 2001; started four of 17 games and made two interceptions after having 11 in his first four years.

LB LaVar Arrington2006Never played in NFL again.

LB Shawne Merriman 2010Returned in 2011; played six games and was cut by Bills before re-signing with them.

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