Harbaugh: Suggs Will Participate in OTAs

Terrell Suggs did not participate the Ravens’ entire program the past two years.

Posted by Mike Duffy on Tuesday, January 19th, 2010 at 3:05 pm | Categories: Mike Duffy

John Harbaugh believes that linebacker Terrell Suggs will attend the Ravens’ entire offseason conditioning program, something Suggs neglected to do for the past two years.

Suggs has been criticized for showing up to training camp out of shape, but participation in the program will certainly guard against that happening again. 

In 2008, Suggs did not join the Ravens until after training camp was over in protest of his assigned franchise tag.  Last year, Suggs was at training camp after signing a six-year contract reportedly worth $63 million, but he didn’t participate in much of it because of a heel injury.

Harbaugh said he will happily welcome the seventh-year veteran this offseason.

“Terrell’s a hard worker,” the coach explained.  “There is no one who likes to practice as much as Terrell Suggs.  He loves to play games. He loves to lift weights.  He trains hard, and he’s going to have an opportunity that he’s never had.  Since we’ve been here the last two years, he has not had an opportunity to be with us in the offseason program.  He told me he’s going to be here for the full offseason program.  I’m sure he will.”

That’s a good thing.  While Suggs did have a solid year with 58 tackles and 4.5 sacks, it was nothing close to the 102 stops, two interceptions and team-leading eight sacks he notched his franchise campaign.

It was a solid, but not a game-changing, 2009 for “Sizzle.”  Preparing for 2010 on March 15, the open of the conditioning program, instead of later in the summer, can only help get him back to a Pro Bowl level. 

“We’ll be working with him, as well as all the other guys, as hard as we can, but he’ll be out there in front leading those guys,” Harbaugh continued. 

“That’s the way he trains, so I can’t wait to have him around.”

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