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The injury to Terrell Suggs is a blow to the Ravens defense.
But it’s not more than they can overcome.
That was the message Ravens safety Ed Reed delivered during a radio interview Thursday morning.
“He’s definitely going to be missed,” Reed said to 105.7 The Fan. “We know what Terrell Suggs brings to the table, the fear that he puts in quarterbacks’ heads. So he’s definitely going to be missed.”
Reed also made it clear that even with all that Suggs does on the Ravens defense, they have other players that will have to step into the role for however long he is out.
“It definitely takes a team to win, so no one guy is more important than the team,” Reed said.
It’s unknown how much time Suggs will miss. He is scheduled to see a specialist early next week, who will determine the severity of the injury.
A key in determining how long he’s out, Reed said, will be the approach he takes to rehabbing the injury.
“I know Terrell; he’s a young guy, so he’s definitely got that on his side,” Reed said. “He’s going to have to rehab. I was going to call him today and let him know that. The most important thing is going to be how he attacks his rehab.”
Reed knows what it’s like to miss critical time because of an injury. He missed the first six games of the 2010 season coming off hip surgery, and the Ravens went 4-2 during that stretch.
Last season the Ravens missed another critical piece of their defense, as linebacker Ray Lewis missed four games because of a toe injury. The Ravens were able to overcome the loss to Lewis and won all four of those games.
“Even when I was out, you had guys step up,” Reed said. “The organization does a great job of bringing guys in there.”
Some of the players who could potentially replace Suggs include Paul Kruger, Sergio Kindle or rookie Courtney Upshaw.
“You’re going to have some young guys who always wanted that chance to step in there and play, like Paul Kruger, to come up and make some plays now, get the opportunity that he always wanted,” Reed said. “You hate to get it like that.
“You always got to prepare that someone is going to go down. The locker room is prepared for those kinds of situations. That’s why you have guys in there working hard and preparing like starters.”