When will Terrell Suggs be back in uniform for the Ravens?
For the second week in a row, coach John Harbaugh addressed the status of his linebacker, the 2011 NFL Defensive player of the Year, as he gets closer to a return.
Suggs is on the physically-unable-to-perform list, which makes him ineligible for at least the first six weeks of the season. The Ravens receive a bye in Week 8.
A report by ESPN's Chris Mortensen over the weekend said Suggs, who tore his Achilles during the offseason, expects to play Oct. 21 vs. the Houston Texans, who the Ravens beat in last season's playoffs.
Harbaugh disputed the information and referred to a quote he'd made before the season about Suggs.
"The quote was along the lines of, 'Suggs is going to push it and then we're probably going to be a little more cautious than he's going to be because he wants to play.' That's probably fair," Harbaugh said. "He's really worked hard. He's done a great job preparing himself.
"The six-week window ends before the Houston game, right? His progress between now and then is going to determine that. So once he gets out there and starts practicing then we'll just have a better indication. Is it a possibility? Yeah, because he's eligible to come back then and he looks pretty good right now.
"But he's not going through any football workouts yet. Hasn't been through a practice or anything like that yet."
Kick off your Friday with the latest Baltimore Ravens news.
1. The Ravens are hopeful Earl Thomas will be a leader for their new defense which Thomas called "very complex." "This defense is very complex compared to what we were doing in Seattle,” Thomas said to Ravens media. “We were just playing Cover-3 all the time. Now, we’re making calls on the fly. That’s the biggest adjustment for me.”
Additionally, Thomas told media members after practice that he's made "fast friends" with quarterback Lamar Jackson. "He's a very funny guy, I don't know if you all know that," Thomas said.
2. Speaking of Lamar Jackson, he reportedly had his best day of practice so far this offseason according to Ravens media. Jackson's throws looked much better and he was quick in the pocket.
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