HOUSTON - Just six months after tearing his right Achilles, Terrell Suggs will dress today and likely play for the Baltimore Ravens against the Houston Texans.
The NFL's defensive MVP last year, Suggs tore his Achilles while working out in April. He had surgery in early May.
Normally such an injury at that time sidelines a player for the year, but Suggs had been saying all along he'd play this season.
Baltimore and Houston are the AFC's only teams with a winning record, both at 5-1. They were to kick off at 1 p.m. EDT.
Suggs will not start. It is unknown how much he will play.
He returned to practice this week.
Still, many NFL and Ravens insiders were shocked to learn Saturday that Suggs was making the trip here -- especially when the Ravens have a bye next week. Today's loser will still be 5-2 and will be alone with the second best record in the AFC.
The Ravens, though, sure could use Suggs, a 6-foot-3, 260-pound outside linebacker. The team this week lost two star defenders for the year, after suffering injuries last Sunday against Dallas -- inside linebacker Ray Lewis (right triceps tear) and top cornerback Lardarius Webb (left ACL tear, three years after tearing his right ACL as a rookie).
The bad news for Baltimore today is that starting nose tackle Ma'ake Kemoeatu is sidelined with a knee injury.
As for the Texans, top cornerback Johnathan Joseph will play and start, despite either missing or being limited in practice all week with a nagging groin injury.