As the Ravens season has spiraled out of control, one player who has been notably absent is injured linebacker Terrell Suggs.
To be sure, Suggs couldn't be helping on the field, as the Pro Bowl linebacker suffered a season-ending Achilles injury in Week 1. But according to the Baltimore Sun, no one in the Ravens organization has heard from Suggs in weeks.
"If I saw Siz, I would tell him to come and see me every once and while so we can talk," Newsome told the Sun's Mike Preston.
Suggs is a commanding locker room presence and was the unquestioned leader of the defense. So the Ravens are certainly missing some emotional element with his absence. It also stands to reason that working as a de facto assistant coach, he could be mentoring rookie outside linebacker Za'Darius Smith and veteran special teamer Albert McClellan, two of the players who have been called upon to step into Suggs' role.
Newsome suggested that not being able to play might be a reason for Suggs' absence.
"All of the rah-rah, cheerleading stuff looks good in the movies, but some of the best competitors I've been around don't stay around after suffering season-ending injuries," Newsome told the Sun. "This is real here, and if they aren't out there bleeding with you, sweating with you and fighting, then it hurts. They are competitors."
"I know what he is going through and you have to be careful with this at this time of his career. I've been through that myself. I can relate to that, I understand. Ray Lewis was like that, and there is a very fine line for a player and us to approach."
There's a lot of speculation whether Suggs has played his last down. He turned 33 this month, and faces another extensive rehab. He suffered a torn Achilles in his other leg during the offseason three years ago. Suggs is signed by the Ravens through 2018, and Newsome told the Sun that he expects Suggs back next year.
"I don't know what his future plans are, but I'm sure he will return," Newsome said. "He hasn't told me definitely, but knowing him like I do, I would bet he is coming back."
Still, sounds as if the Ravens would like to hear that -- or anything -- from Suggs directly.
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