For the first time since tearing his left Achilles tendon 11 months and two days ago, Terrell Suggs put on the pads. The 33-year-old edge rusher made his 2016 training camp debut on Monday, coming off of an injury that was suffered in week one of the 2015 season in Denver.
For his first day back, Suggs did mostly individual drills but did get involved in the 11-on-11 team drills a few times. Suggs did not speak to reporters after Monday’s practice, but left a statement that was published on social media and on the Ravens’ team website.
“Darth Sizzle is back,” Suggs said. “It felt great to be back on the field with the team. There is nothing like it. Didn’t get to do too much today as I’m working my way back.”
There was no prior announcement before practice that the Ravens would be activating Suggs off of the “physically unable to perform” list, but John Harbaugh mentioned last week that Suggs was close to returning. Suggs passed the Ravens’ conditioning test at the start of training camp, but both Suggs and the Ravens felt that it was best to wait a few weeks before bringing “Sizzle” off of the “PUP” list.
“It was nice to see number 55 back out there,” said Ravens defensive coordinator Dean Pees after practice.
It remains unclear whether or not Suggs will see the field at all for any of the three remaining preseason games for Baltimore. Suggs is entering his 14th NFL season, and veterans that have been in the league that long often do not play in the preseason. However, Suggs has not been in a game since September 13 and is coming off of his second Achilles’ tear in four years.
Also returning to Ravens practice on Monday were tight end Crockett Gillmore and wide receiver Michael Campanaro. Gilmore suffered a hamstring injury on July 29 and Michael Campanaro missed the last eight days with “a few strains” according to Harbaugh. Several of Baltimore’s top tight ends missed Thursday night’s preseason opener, as did Campanaro who has continued to struggle to stay on the field. The Ravens waived injured return man Kaelin Clay on Monday, so Campanaro’s health now becomes more crucial with the Ravens still searching for a returner.
The next preseason game for the Ravens takes place on Saturday night in Indianapolis as the Ravens face the Colts. Kickoff is at 7:00 pm.