Five months and two weeks. That is how long it took Terrell Suggs to rehab his Achilles tendon, come back to the NFL, and play lights out football. Since tearing his Achilles tendon in the Spring, Suggs missed out on offseason team activities and training camp, and the first six weeks of practice and games.
When it was rumored that he would play on Sunday, after just several days of practice, the general consensus was that the news was a ruse, a mind game to force Houston to game plan for the 2011 Defensive Player of the Year. When it was reported that Suggs was active for the game, it seemed obvious—and odd—that the team planned on having him on the field for a few snaps. As Suggs warmed up, sprinting and cutting, one had to wonder at his over-eagerness.
Then, something remarkable happened over the course of several hours on a Sunday afternoon. Self-appointed “T-Sizzle” played forty-four snaps, all the way through the fourth quarter, and he played the most explosive, effective football of anyone on the field for the Ravens.