Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs has been unusually quiet for Steelers week, not addressing the local media on Wednesday and Thursday. However, the Steelers have said plenty about Suggs.
Asked about his long-time rivalry with Suggs, Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger expressed his admiration on a conference call.
“He needs to be tested,” Roethlisberger said, jokingly. “I don’t know how that man still plays at such a high level as old as he is. He is an awesome football player. I have nothing but the utmost respect for him. Him and I have had a lot of battles against each other. Like I said, a lot of respect for the way he plays the game, the respect he has for the game.”
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Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said just calling Suggs a pass rusher doesn’t do him justice.
“He’s one of those generational players,” Tomlin said. “He’s played at an extremely high level for a long time, and he’s not just defined by one element of his play. He’s a pass rusher. He smashes the run. He’s screen and perimeter ball aware. He’s a very complete football player.”
At age 34, Suggs’ participation in the Steelers-Ravens rivalry could be close to the end. In his 14th season, Suggs has not talked much about his plans beyond this season.
There is little doubt, however, that Suggs is very much looking forward to this game. Even if you don’t hear from Suggs this week, the Steelers expect to hear from him Sunday.