Reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year Terrell Suggs defied the odds when he was added to the 53-man roster on Saturday, less than six months removed from a partially torn Achilles tendon that was surgically repaired in early May -- and just three days after returning to the practice field after spending training camp and the first six weeks of the regular season on the "Reserve/Non-Football Injury" list.
Suggs' amazing recovery continued when he not only dressed for Sunday's game against the Houston Texans, but began earning his $4.9 million base salary by picking up his first sack of the season and No. 83.5 of his 10-year career, which now has him tied for 46th place with Leonard Marshall and La'Roi Glover.
Though he was expected to play a backup/situational role until he works himself back into game shape — Suggs was compared to an offensive tackle by Pete Prisco of CBSSports.com before Sunday's game — Suggs started the game and his sack came on his seventh play of the game, and the Texans' ninth play from scrimmage.
Suggs beat Texans right tackle Derek Newton on an inside stunt and dropped Matt Schaub for a seven-yard loss on a 1st-and-10 play midway through the first quarter. Including the sack, Suggs had three tackles, including one on Arian Foster after an eight-yard run on 3rd-and-18 two plays after his sack, and got another hit on Schaub later in the first quarter.
It may be awhile before "T-Sizzle" is 100 percent and back in a full-time role, but even an out-of-shape Suggs gives the Ravens a pass-rushing presence they otherwise lacked, and his return fills an on-field leadership void created with last Sunday's season-ending to Ray Lewis.