ESPN broke the news on Thursday that Baltimore Ravens star defensive end/linebacker Terrell Suggs could miss the entire 2012 season due to an torn Achilles tendon which he suffered over the weekend.
According to the report, Suggs, the reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year, revealed the injury occurred while he was practicing a conditioning test when he “started and stopped and felt something turn.”
Terrell, who turns 30 in October, said he immediately knew something was wrong and called his trainer to get an exam.
Even though Suggs — expected to meet with an Achilles specialist and undergo surgery early next week — claims he hopes to return by the middle of the regular season, previous studies by the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons show this type of injury usually take up to 11 months to recover so returning that early may be pushing it.
Last season Suggs helped the Ravens to a record of 12-4 and an AFC North title, recording 14 sacks with 70 tackles, seven forced fumbles and a pair of interceptions.
ESPN writes that prior to his injury, Suggs had amazingly only missed three games during the span of his nine-year career. He is the Ravens’ career sacks leader with 82½.
“I’ve never had a real bad injury before — sometimes you have to go through something like this to make you better,” Suggs said.
In the video below ESPN’s Merril Hoge discusses the effect Terrell Suggs’ injury will have on the Ravens’ defense in 2012.
Update: NFL Insider Adam Schefter tweeted Suggs’ injury may have actually happened during a pickup game of basketball and not at conditioning, but it’s still unclear whether or not that’s actually true.