Terrell Suggs’ injury is a huge blow to the Ravens’ defense

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Updated: September 15, 2015
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Not only did the Baltimore Ravens lose 19-13 to the Denver Broncos on Sunday, but they lost one of their best pass rushers and storied franchise players in Terrell Suggs. ESPN’s Chris Mortenson reported Sunday evening that the Ravens star linebacker has torn his Achilles, and is out for the remainder of the season.

Suggs has been one of the Ravens’ most productive players for a decade, and even at the latter stages of his career, has produced at a high level with 22 sacks the past two seasons. Suggs is also stout in the run, and is one of the best in the league at setting the edge.

Outside of Suggs, the Ravens only have one proven pass rusher, in Elvis Dumervil, who had 17 sacks last season, but is more of a situational rusher at this point in his career. Dumervil will also be impacted by the loss of Suggs, as offensive lines may not be as hesitant to double team him now.

Courtney Upshaw will also be asked to take on some of the load with Suggs’ injury. However, Upshaw has really only been a first-and second-down player, as he is very limited in his pass rushing ability. With three sacks in his entire career, Upshaw may be asked to fill a role he is not comfortable with because of the absence of Suggs.

Outside linebacker Za’Darius Smith will be asked to take a good percentage of snaps too, and while the talent is there, it would be surprising for him to put together an above average season in his rookie year.

The Ravens have always been known for their defense, and while it is a talented group, the loss of Suggs’ on-field production and leaderships skills could prove to be vital. The Ravens have always been about the next man up, and it will be the case yet again this season for their defense.

Jimmy Siettmann

Jimmy Siettmann

Jimmy Siettmann is an NFL contributor to SidelineSports. Jimmy is currently a journalism major and hopes to have a career in sports journalism either writing or doing radio. Jimmy has also written for TheDesireToWin on all things sports.

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