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Terrell Suggs tears Achilles playing basketball, likely out for the season

When the Patriots traded up six spots to draft Alabama’s Dont’a Hightower last week, many Baltimore fans felt like Bill Belichick had stolen their guy. Whether he did or not, there’s no question the Ravens could use a guy like Hightower now. According to multiple sources including NFL.com’s Jason LaCanfora, Terrell Suggs suffered a torn Achilles’ tendon while working out in Arizona. That type of injury generally takes a year to heal, and it is likely that the 2011 defensive player of the year will miss all of the 2012 season.

Talk about a massive setback four months before the start of the season. To add insult to injury, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that the injury was suffered while Suggs was playing basketball. A season-ending injury is a season-ending injury, but it will likely sting fans a bit more to hear that it wasn’t even suffered playing the appropriate sport.

The good news for Baltimore is there is a lot of time left until the 2012 season begins, meaning they have ample time to prepare. The Ravens can explore trade options or sign a couple of free agents to try and bolster their front seven, and any new acquisitions will have time to get used to the system. The bad news is the injury occurred after the NFL Draft. Had they known they would be without their best defensive player for the entire 2012 season, the Ravens coaching staff could have drafted accordingly. Another unfriendly reminder of how quickly a serious injury can change the landscape of an offseason.

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Terrell Suggs: NFL lockout was the time of my life, minicamps are a burden

For most people across the NFL, the lockout was seen as a negative. Less offseason training meant less time to prepare. The potential of games being cancelled would have meant huge revenue losses for teams, television stations, and local businesses. For Terrell Suggs, however, the lockout was a vacation. In fact, Suggs believes the lockout is partially responsible for Baltimore’s successful season.

“Last year, to be totally honest with you, I had the time of my life during the lockout and wasn’t in a hurry to get back to work,” Suggs said during an interview with WHB in Kansas City on Thursday. “I think that’s why, in total, I ended up having the season that I did. A lot of guys ended up pushing themselves too hard and ended up getting hurt trying to get ready for minicamps and OTAs. Fortunately we didn’t have that burden on our shoulders and that’s why I think I had a great year.”

With the way the new CBA is written, players will not be required to work as hard next season with two-a-day practices having been eliminated. During the season, we heard players blame the lockout for their injuries and admit they failed to remain in shape during the football hiatus. Larry Fitzgerald’s father even alluded to the lockout when he ripped Early Doucet, saying the Cardinals receiver did not work hard enough because of it.

As you can see, Suggs’ opinion is one that is not shared by many. I’m sure plenty of players enjoyed themselves during the extended offseason, but there was more harm than good caused by the lockout. Something tells me Suggs doesn’t mind that his opinion puts him in the minority.

Terrell Suggs: We were giving Tim Tebow ‘a hard time because he was terrible’

Michael Silver wrote an excellent article for GQ about the NFL’s reaction to Tim Tebow from Week 8 through the playoffs. The article received plenty of attention because of the critical quotes from Tebow’s teammate, Brady Quinn. Quinn clarified his comments and said they were taken out of context, which if you read the entire article, you probably would agree; his comments fit in with several other critical comments about Tebow, the only difference is most of the critical folks were either commentators or members of opposing teams.

One of the most biting remarks came from Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs.

“They say we were giving him a hard time because he’s a Christian. No, that’s not it! We were giving him a hard time because he was terrible,” Suggs reportedly said after the Lions destroyed the Broncos in Week 8.

When the Broncos lost three in a row to end the regular season, Suggs piled on.

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Terrell Suggs to Skip Bayless: Be an Analyst, Don’t be a Douchebag (Video)

Typically I’m one of the first people who will tell you Terrell Suggs needs to stop talking and just play football.  Whether he’s complaining about the Ravens offense or telling everyone that the Broncos need God to save them, Suggs generally talks too much.  That being said, he was surprisingly quiet leading up to the AFC Championship game.  He refused to take the media’s bait on several different occasions and had nothing but positive things to say about Brady and the Patriots.  Leave it to Skip Bayless to get the motor going again fresh off the Ravens’ devastating loss on Sunday.  Have a look at this exchange between Bayless and Suggs on ESPN’s First Take Monday morning:

Apparently a situation arose in which Boldin fumbled the ball out of bounds and the Ravens thought they had a first down.  The ball cannot be advanced when a player fumbles it out of bounds for obvious reasons, but the play led to some confusion with the scoreboard.  Suggs mentioned that the play was strange, and Bayless took the opportunity to try to get him wound up about it.

“You know what I’m talking about with the confusion,” Suggs said. “When Anquan Boldin fumbled the ball out of bounds we thought (since) he fumbled it past the first down marker we had a first down, which we didn’t. … So, Skip, once again stop it. Be an analyst. Don’t be a douchebag. You know what I meant.”

Naturally, Skip responded by sighing and talking to Suggs like he’s a child: “Now watch your language. You’ve done well on this show until that point.”

Bayless gets paid to stir the pot, which is why he’s so annoying.  That’s why hearing him called a “douchebag” on live television is so satisfying.

Thanks to LBS reader Josh D. for pointing out the video

Terrell Suggs Says His Beef with Tom Brady Is Over

Well that’s just a shame. As we suspected, the beef between Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs and Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is over.

“It ain’t no beef,” Suggs said this week. “I guess the genesis of that was the incident in ’09 where I almost hit him below the waist. But I’ve gotten over it. That’s where it all started, but you grow and mature. Y’all can clearly see I’m not the same guy as I was in 2009. I’m definitely 20 pounds lighter.”

When Suggs was told that Tom Brady joked about sending him a pair of Ugg boots to soften him up, T-Sizzle suggested a clothing exchange.

“I heard they’re really comfortable. Maybe he’ll send me some. Tell him I’ll take a pair. I’ll send him some ‘Ball So Hard’ wear.”

This can only mean RIP one of the best rivalries in football. How many players do you see getting into shouting matches with Tom Brady on the field? It doesn’t happen very often, and that’s what made Suggs great.

You haven’t gone soft on us, Sizzle, have you?

Terrell Suggs’ Defense of Joe Flacco Could Burn Through Your Soul (Video)

Watching this video of Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs defending quarterback Joe Flacco makes me feel like Suggs is going to murder me if I disagree with him. Is this what it’s like to line up across from him? Now I can understand why he racks up double-digit sacks per season. The dude comes across as a psychopath, but you already knew that.

Man, this guy is intimidating. You stand up to Terrell Suggs, you do so at your peril.

Tom Brady Jokes He’ll Send Terrell Suggs a Pair of Uggs to Soften Him Up

Tom Brady and Terrell Suggs have quite the rivalry that will be refreshed during Sunday’s AFC Championship Game. The two had an on-field argument last season that resulted in Brady getting the last word. This year’s game is being billed as “Uggs vs. Suggs,” leading Tom to make a crack about his boots.

“Maybe I’ll send [Suggs] a few pairs to soften him up for the game,” Brady joked during an interview on WEEI.

The Ravens linebacker talked about Brady after his team’s win over the Texans.

“He’s a great quarterback,” Suggs said. “When it’s all said and done, it’s going to be Johnny (Unitas), him and Peyton (Manning), end of discussion. We’ve got a full week to prepare for them. He’s definitely one of my favorites. I’m going to enjoy this win, and I’ll talk to you next week about the Patriots.”

Wait a second, so now Brady is one of Suggs’ favorites? We wondered what was going on when Suggs said Big Ben was his favorite quarterback to sack. I guess maybe he and Brady have reconciled. At this rate, a pair of Uggs won’t even be necessary.

via Rap Sheet