Ravens' Terrell Suggs, Ray Lewis could return
By Mike Zeisberger, QMI Agency
|Terrell Suggs has returned to practice for the Baltimore Ravens. (REUTERS)
Terrell Suggs is back.
And, at some point, maybe Ray Lewis will be too.
Suggs was taken off the Ravens physically unable to perform list on Wednesday and practised with the Ravens. At the same time, he is not expected to return to game action for another few weeks.
“To what extent, to what he’s able to do, I think we should just temper our expectations a little bit. He’s coming off a very serious injury, an Achilles tear, and we’ll just see how he does,” coach John Harbaugh said.
Meanwhile, with questions swirling through the football world asking if the Ray Lewis era has come to an end, Harbaugh offered a glimpse of hope when he announced that No. 52 will be placed on injured reserve with the “designated to return” tag. That means the door is open for Lewis to return, health permitting.
At the same time, Lewis’s future remains up in the air. The all-pro linebacker underwent surgery for the torn triceps muscle in his right arm on Wednesday and likely will need at least four months to recover.
Will he retire? Will he come back? After speaking to Lewis, former Ravens teammate Shannon Sharpe told USA Today that Lewis said he will make that decision after his rehab has been completed.
PIOLI TAKES THE BLAME
General manager Scott Pioli is publicly taking responsibility for his underachieving Kansas City Chiefs.
As well he should.
Who else’s fault is it that Matt Cassel was brought in as the so-called quarterbacking saviour from New England in 2009, a marriage that featured a six-year, $63 million US contract of which $28 million was guaranteed?
Who else’s fault is it that coach Todd Haley’s reign came to a combustable end midway through last season? Or that Romeo Crennel, Haley’s replacement, has not been able to mirror the success in 2012 that he had in the latter stages of the 2011 season?
And who’s fault is it that there have been more duds than studs drafted in Pioli’s four-plus season reign?
Pioli. That’s who.
“The record, the overall performance, the performance by everybody,” Pioli told the Kansas City Star on Wednesday. “We all have a hand in this thing, starting with me. Ultimately I’m responsible for the football operation, and we’re 1-5.”
Pioli would not comment on reports about a possible contract extension. On that note, we ask again: “What has he done to earn it?”
MANNING FINED FOR SWIPE
If you are going to punch an opposing lineman, don’t do it on national TV.
Houston’s Danieal Manning apparently has been fined $15,000 for taking a swipe in a pileup at Green Bay’s Marshall Newhouse during a loss to the Packers on Sunday night football. At least that’s what Manning’s agent, Russel Hicks, told KRIV-TV on Wednesday, despite the fact that the league has not officially announced it,
While Hicks said the league e-mailed him about the fine, Manning told the Houston Chronicle he plans to appeal.
Among the notable names who didn’t practice on Wednesday: Packers wideout Greg Jennings, Saints tight end Jimmy Graham and Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw. In Bradshaw’s case, it appears to be the same foot issue that kept him out of the lineup earlier this season ... Ravens safety Ed Reed told Baltimore radio station 105.7 FM on Wednesday that he has been playing with a torn labrum in his shoulder ... Matt Cassel and Brady Quinn split time with the first team offence at Chiefs practice on Wednesday ... The Jets’ Rex Ryan suggets his team will lose on Sunday against the Patriots if the game comes down to coaching. “If it’s just between Bill Belichick and me, he’s going to win that battle. I recognize that,” Ryan told reporters in New Jersey.