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Terrell Suggs shuns media (for now), issues statement after returning to practice

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BALTIMORE, MD - AUGUST 29: Outside linebacker Terrell Suggs #55 of the Baltimore Ravens is introduced prior to the start of a preseason game against the Washington Redskins at M&T Bank Stadium on August 29, 2015 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Matt Hazlett/ Getty Images) ***Local Caption*** Terrell Suggs

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Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs has returned to practice, nearly a year after tearing an Achilles tendon in Week One of the 2015 regular season. In lieu, however, of speaking to the media, Suggs issued a statement through the team.

“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 am working my way back. I will speak with the media when I am fully back practicing.”

Suggs, who joined the Ravens as a first-round pick in 2003 and has spent his entire career with the franchise, has 106.5 career sacks and a Super Bowl ring earned in 2012, a season during which he got a late start after an offseason Achilles tear. One of the few remaining fixtures from the days of Ray Lewis and Ed Reed, Suggs is the kind of presence that the Ravens need to they hope to get back to the postseason.