Ravens' Terrell Suggs vows that torn right biceps won't end his season

Linebacker: "We ... live by the creed that if you can breathe, then you can play."

December 05, 2012|By Jeff Zrebiec | The Baltimore Sun

Ravens injured outside linebacker Terrell Suggs isn’t sure if he’ll play Sunday against the Washington Redskins but he does expect to play again this season.

“I haven’t ruled [playing this week] out of my mind yet, but I think definitely I will continue to line up at some point this season,” Suggs said today. “It all depends on when it starts to get better and how much I can really do on it.”

Asked if he considered shutting it down for the rest of the season, Suggs said, “That’s not an option for me.”

Suggs tore his right biceps in the fourth quarter of the Ravens’ 23-20 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday. He said he got a second opinion yesterday that confirmed the diagnosis of a biceps tear.

"I’ve been told a couple of guys in the NFL are playing with torn biceps and that it may get better, it may not, you may need surgery, you may not,” Suggs said. “We’re going to go over it and decide what’s best for the team and for myself. … I think any time you have an injury and you play with it, you risk making it worse. But if I do play, that won’t be a concern on my mind. We got a job to do and we’ve got to get a win."

Suggs missed the first six games of the season after tearing his right Achilles in late April and he surprised everyone with his quick return. Even though he was nowhere near 100 percent, Suggs registered two sacks and 19 tackles in six games. Now, he has to contemplate how much he’ll be able to help the team with his latest injury.  

"We got to see how it goes. We kind of live by the creed that if you can breathe, then you can play,” Suggs said. “We just got to check it out. We got to see how it holds up throughout the week. I’ll definitely be a game-time decision on Sunday. My [biggest] concern is would I help or hinder the team by playing? I don’t want to be out there and can’t make a play because I’m unhealthy and I don’t have a full biceps. It’s more if I will help us or hinder us by playing. That’s pretty much going to make my decision.”

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