As one would expect, there was no shortage of reaction to and analysis of the news of
’ Achilles tendon injury. Here’s what other media outlets had to say about the reigning
Defensive Player of the Year and his team.
* The Big Lead's Jason Lisk has compiled a list of players since 1970 who were All-Pro defenders, then went on to miss most of the next season and measured their teams' success in that season. The results aren't encouraging for Ravens fans:
“Twenty-nine other players, via searches using the play finder at
, have been a first team all-pro on defense since the merger, and then missed ten or more of their team’s games the following season. …
“The average result for this group? The points allowed per game went from 17.3 to 20.8, a 3.5 point increase. The average wins dropped from 9.8 wins to 7.9 wins, almost a 2 win drop.”
“The Ravens have lost ground on the Patriots throughout the offseason, and the
's runner-ups might have suffered a crushing blow Thursday in their race to keep pace with New England. …
“The Ravens' defensive identity was as strong as any team last season, but their greatest playmaker just went down with a treacherous injury. They couldn't afford that after already losing ground to the Patriots this offseason.”
“Actually, the Ravens may have been better off to have had the injury happen after the draft. The Ravens, we’re told, would have been far less likely to trade down if Suggs had been injured before the draft. So they were instead able to trade down, get the guy they would have picked at No. 29, and picked up extra consideration for sliding back.”
* NFL.com's Dan Hanzus looks at the risk Suggs would be taking if he tried to play before his torn Achilles tendon is fully healed.
“Mike Evangelist, clinical director of JAG
in Warren, N.J., told Around The League that Suggs would run an extremely high risk of completely rupturing the tendon if he attempted to rehab then play with the partial tear.
“ ‘With a football player like Suggs, there's so much load when he tries to explode off the foot,’ Evangelist said. ‘There's a very strong chance [the Achilles] would pop.’