Originally posted on BroncoTalk  |  Last updated 5/3/12

(Image courtesy of Joe Giza/Reuters)

It was reported earlier today that Baltimore Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs recently tore his Achilles tendon and will miss the 2012 season.  Suggs responded:  Not so fast.

Suggs, the reigning Defensive Player of the Year, told Ravens Insider Aaron Wilson that he would “definitely” be back on the field by the beginning of December, if not sooner.  A quick look at the Denver Broncos‘ 2012 schedule shows that the Broncos will take on the Ravens in Baltimore on December 16th.

Unfortunately for the Broncos, Suggs, who recorded 14 sacks, two interceptions and forced seven fumbles last season, expects to be back in time for Baltimore’s Week 15 match against Denver.  The Broncos haven’t beaten Baltimore on the road since the Ravens came into existence in 1996 (0-5).

Since 1971, the AP Defensive Player of the Year award has been won multiple times by seven different players, with linebacker Lawrence Taylor being the only defender to ever win the award in back-to-back years (1981, 1982).  Suggs’ chances of winning the award in consecutive seasons seem to have diminished, but Denver’s Von Miller could be primed to win his second defensive AP award in only his second season.

Miller won Defensive Rookie of the Year honors for his 2011 performance and will be looking to build on his 64 tackle, 11.5 sack season.  With Suggs unlikely to repeat DPOY honors, Miller will be looking to emulate Taylor’s early ’80s performance.


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