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Still no target date for Suggs’ potential return

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Still no target date for Suggs’ potential return

Posted on 27 August 2012 by Luke Jones

(Updated: 6:05 p.m.)

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Needing to pare down their roster to 75 players by Monday’s 4 p.m. deadline, the Ravens have done so without waiving any more players.

As expected, linebacker Terrell Suggs (Achilles tendon) and wide receiver David Reed (knee) have been placed on the reserve physically unable to perform list. The designation allows the Ravens to remove each player from their active roster but sidelines them through the first six weeks of the regular season.

Suggs underwent surgery in early May for a partially-torn Achilles tendon suffered in late April. The third-year return specialist Reed suffered a torn ACL last December and is still working his way back to full strength.

After Week 6, Suggs and Reed have a three-week window to begin practicing. At any point during that time frame, the Ravens may activate either player. However, at the end of the period, the Ravens must activate them, waive them, or place them on season-ending injured reserve.

The Ravens hope the 2011 AP Defenisve Player of the Year will be able to return to action as he continues to rehab from surgery. Suggs has vowed he will return to the field this season, but the question of when that might happen remains a mystery.

“We don’t know. It’s still early,” coach John Harbaugh said. “I’d say he’s doing really well. From everything I’ve been told, he’s doing very well. So, that’s where we’re at. It’s too far off to say a date really.”

Assuming Suggs would take the full three weeks, the Ravens would be forced to place him on the 53-man roster in the week leading up to their Nov. 11 game against the Oakland Raiders — even if he’s not ready to play by that point — or he would be placed on IR, ending his season.

The Ravens also announced they have played four players on injured reserve, ending their season. Defensive lineman Ryan McBean (broken ankle) and safety Emanuel Cook (broken lower leg) were already known to have been lost for the season, but linebackers Stevie Baggs and Darryl Blackstock were also placed on IR.

The organization could eventually come to an injury settlement for the two linebackers, which would allow them to catch on somewhere else if and when their injuries heal.

The Ravens announced Sunday they had terminated the contract of kicker Billy Cundiff and waived tight end Davon Drew, wide receivers Devin Goda and Patrick Wiliams, offensive lineman Addison Lawrence, center Cecil Newton, cornerback Jordan Maybin, long snapper Patrick Scales, and quarterback Chester Stewart.

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