"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."
"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," he said. "It's more if I will help us or hinder us by playing. That's pretty much going to make my decision."
But when Suggs does return -- whether it is for Sunday’s game against the
And to think, a few years ago, many questioned his love for and his dedication to the game of football.
After he was rewarded with a six-year, $63 million contract extension before the 2009 season, Suggs showed up to training camp a little, well, husky and recorded just 4.5 sacks. Vowing to never let that happen again, he famously cut out the trips to Popeye's and tossed his cookies out from the pantry. In 2010 and 2011, he went to consecutive Pro Bowls for the first time in his career and was named the NFL's best defender last season.
Understandably, he hasn't been that kind of an impact player this season. After racking up a career-high 14 sacks last season, he has just two in six games. But Harbaugh acknowledged Wednesday that Suggs makes everyone around him better. And he has. Since the Week 8 bye, the Ravens are sacking more quarterbacks, forcing more turnovers and allowing fewer rushing yards, passing yards and points than they had before his return.
The timing of the injury is tricky. The Ravens haven’t yet put the Steelers and the
But Suggs is aware of the risk that playing through the biceps injury could make it worse, and he will weigh that as he decides to play through the pain or rest and rehab his arm until their season is really on the line.
“In the NFL, there are valleys and peaks and right now, even though we’re getting hit with the injury bug, we’re still 9-3. We still sit in a very great spot to go on a playoff run,” Suggs said of the Ravens, who are the
And they could use Suggs going forward, too, why is why he hopes to make another gutsy comeback.
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