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Ravens linebacker/defensive end Terrell Suggs participated on a limited basis in Wednesday’s practice, offering a piece of good news as the team prepares for the Detroit Lions.
Suggs has been absent since the Ravens beat the Cleveland Browns on Nov. 16 with a knee injury. After throwing an interception, Browns quarterback Brady Quinn dove into Suggs’ knee, knocking him out of the game.
Head coach John Harbaugh is optimistic about Suggs’ chances for Sunday.
“We are hopeful that we will get Terrell back this week,” he said after a light practice inside the Ravens’ fieldhouse. “It’s not a given by any stretch, but there’s a chance.”
Last Monday night, Suggs’ absence was coupled with that of safety Ed Reed, who did not suit up against the Green Bay Packers. Not having two Pro Bowlers in the lineup contributed to the Packers’ offensive outburst and a 27-14 Green Bay win.
“Any time you lose good players like that, premier players, it’s not going to strength you,” Harbaugh stated. “The truth is everybody loses players. And you’ve got to overcome it, next man up, and you’ve got to find a way to win football games. The guys who replaced them, I thought, played well.”
The Ravens were expecting to have Reed active, but the safety’s ankle and hip injuries and was not cleared pre-game. Reed had not practiced fully all week.
“We thought we’d have Ed,” said Harbaugh. “It was one of those things where we couldn’t see him move around all week so we didn’t know. I felt like we’d have him, but when he got out there it was clear that he couldn’t go. He wanted to go. I mean he did everything he could to go and the doctors weren’t going to let him go with what he had.”
Reed is currently listed on the injury report with groin and foot injuries, and he did not participate in Wednesday’s session along with wideout Mark Clayton (knee), offensive tackle Jared Gaither (foot), lineman David Hale (head), linebacker Jarret Johnson (back) and tight end L.J. Smith (ankle).
Kicker Billy Cundiff, who sustained a concussion against the Packers, was limited, and quarterback Joe Flacco (knee/hip) fully participated.
For the Lions, tight end Casey FitzSimmons (concussion) and quarterback Matt Stafford (left shoulder) were held out.
Detroit’s list of limited players is lengthy.
Defensive tackle Joe Cohen (knee), safety Louis Delmas (ankle), defensive tackle Andre Fluellen (toes), wideout Eric Fowler (knee), punter Nick Harris (left knee), defensive tackle Grady Jackson (knee), cornerback Will James (neck), offensive tackle Daniel Loper (back), safety Kalvin Pearson (hamstring), linebacker Ernie Sims (hamstring and defensive end Dewayne White (toe) were all limited.