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Ravens LB Suggs to be 'game-time' decision Sunday

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Ravens LB Suggs to be 'game-time' decision Sunday

OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) Baltimore Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs doesn't intend to let a torn right biceps keep him out of Sunday's game against the Washington Redskins.

``We kind of live by the creed of, if you can breathe then you can play,'' Suggs said Wednesday. ``We just got to check it out. We got to see how it holds up throughout the week. (It will) definitely be a game-time decision on Sunday.''

The injury occurred last weekend in the fourth quarter of a 23-20 loss to Pittsburgh.

Another injured Ravens linebacker, Ray Lewis, returned to practice Wednesday - the next stage of the 37-year-old's attempt to come back from a tore right triceps. Lewis was hurt Oct. 14 against Dallas and placed on injured reserve, designated for return.

``I'm making progress and will practice some today,'' Lewis said in a statement. ``But the story shouldn't be about me right now. We're playing the Redskins Sunday, and I am not eligible to play. If I can help prepare my team in some way for that game, I will. When I know I will play in a game, or when I play in a game, I will say more then.''

Suggs, on the other hand, will be on the field for the Ravens (9-3) against the surging Redskins (6-6) if his ailing right arm won't hinder his effectiveness.

``I don't want to be out there and can't make a play because I'm unhealthy and I don't have a full biceps,'' he said. ``It's more if I will help us or hinder us by playing.''

After missing the first six weeks of the season with a torn right Achilles tendon, Suggs returned sooner than expected and has 19 tackles and two sacks in the last six games. Given his remarkable recuperative powers, Suggs appears to be a good bet to be among the Ravens chasing Robert Griffin III at FedEx Field on Sunday.

``That's Suggs,'' Baltimore defensive back Corey Graham said. ``He comes back from everything, so nothing would surprise me with him.''

Defensive tackle Terrence Cody added, ``The guy is really tough. He came off an Achilles. Now, he's got this injury. You really find out about guys in situations like this. It means something to him. It's always good to have a guy like that on the team that's going to play through everything, loves to play football, loves to go to war like that.''

The 30-year-old Suggs missed only three games in his first nine seasons before this year. He played in all 16 games last season, had 14 sacks and helped the Ravens reached the AFC title game before being named NFL defensive player of the year.

Baltimore appears on course for another trip to the playoffs, but nothing is assured - yet.

``We got a job to do and we've got to get a win,'' he said. ``...If I can play with it, we're going to do everything we can to protect it so I don't injure it anymore.''

Playing with a torn biceps is not unprecedented.

``I've been told a couple of guys in the NFL are playing with torn biceps and that it may get better, it may not, you may need surgery, you may not,'' he said. ``We're going to go over it and decide what's best for the team and myself.''

Baltimore is 4-2 with Suggs in the lineup, and his presence has been a factor in the improved play of outside linebacker Paul Kruger, who has five sacks in the last four games.

``Players like Terrell Suggs do make everybody around them better, so that's probably part of it,'' coach John Harbaugh said.

Lewis is another player with that quality. There is no timetable for his return, but the Ravens don't seem to be the Ravens without No. 52 in the middle of the defense.

``This will be part of his rehab, and we'll see how he does,'' Harbaugh said. ``Whether he gets back soon, late, at all, what he's done to work through the injury, the rehab he's put himself through ... it's really impressive.''

Having him on the practice field wasn't the same as having him in the huddle, but it was an encouraging sign.

``He's Ray Lewis. Everybody knows how much it means,'' linebacker Jameel McClain said. ``Whether it adds up to something in the long run, we don't know that yet. Only Ray knows that. But having him here is definitely a plus for all of us.''

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Ravens reportedly sign defensive lineman Derek Wolfe

Ravens reportedly sign defensive lineman Derek Wolfe

The Ravens, just a day after Michael Brockers’ signing fell through, have reportedly found their replacement. 

According to a report from ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Ravens have signed defensive lineman Derek Wolfe to a one-year deal worth $6 million.

The 30-year-old defensive lineman had a career-high seven sacks last season in just 12 games. But the biggest knock on Wolfe is his health, as he’s played just 16 games three times in his career and just once in the last five seasons.

Wolfe figures to slot in alongside Calais Campbell and Brandon Williams on the Ravens’ starting defensive front. He’ll be backed up by Jihad Ward and Justin Ellis, too. 

Over his career, Wolfe has totaled 299 career tackles with a career-high 51 in 2016. Last season, 12 quarterback hits to go along with his seven sacks. 

A second-round pick by the Broncos in 2012, Wolfe was productive for the Broncos and helped them win a Super Bowl in 2016 over the Panthers. 

If Wolfe can stay healthy, the Ravens seem to have filled out their defensive line rather nicely after the blow of losing Brockers. 

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The Ravens didn’t sign Michael Brockers — now what?

The Ravens didn’t sign Michael Brockers — now what?

Earlier this week, the Ravens touted their defensive line as the most improved position group through the first wave of free agency. They even felt comfortable enough to trade rotational piece Chris Wormley to the Steelers. 

Now, the defensive line has more questions than answers. 

The team confirmed early Friday morning, as Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic originally reported, they were unable to come to a deal with defensive lineman Michael Brockers over concerns because of a physical. More specifically, there were concerns over the status of Brockers’ left ankle.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Ravens team doctors were unable to examine Brockers themselves and instead had to rely on the work of independent doctors. 

During a conference call with reporters Thursday, new acquisition Calais Campbell said he had to go to the Mayo Clinic to receive his physical. He called the process tricky. 

Brockers quickly signed a very similar deal to the one he signed with Baltimore to stay in Los Angeles with the Rams just hours after the Ravens deal fell through. His new deal is a three-year deal worth $31.5 million. 

So now, the Ravens are left with the difficult reality that a handful of potential targets are no longer viable options due to the first wave of defensive linemen having signed elsewhere. They also shipped off Wormley and a 2021 seventh-round pick for a 2021 fifth-round pick, further depleting the defensive line. 

Michael Pierce, a talented run-stopping defender, left during free agency to sign with the Vikings, too. 

Baltimore now has Campbell, Brandon Williams, Justin Ellis, Jihad Ward and Daylon Mack on the depth chart at defensive line. Not only do the Ravens need more depth at the position, they also need another starter. 

While the Ravens have the 28th pick in the draft, including seven picks in the first four rounds, the front seven’s needs now have been thrust into the spotlight. Before, an argument could’ve been made that the Ravens should devote resources elsewhere: inside linebacker, interior offensive line, wide receiver, or perhaps an edge rusher. 

Now, the defensive line, and front seven as a whole, is once again the team’s biggest need. While it’s not necessary to address in the first round specifically, the Ravens are now almost guaranteed to make a handful of picks in the front seven for next month’s draft. 

The Ravens could dip their toes into the free agent market once again with their newfound cap space and make a run at a few veterans still left on the market. They could also go after an edge player, or an inside linebacker instead, to help cover up an additional need before the draft. 

The Ravens had a plan entering free agency, and quite simply, it went as well as they expected. 

Now, though, the Ravens are left with a questionable physical and a handful of questions to answer about the future of the defensive line.

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