Baltimore Ravens' Terrell Suggs speaks after receiving the AP Defensive Player of the Year during the inaugural NFL Honors show Saturday, Feb. 4, 2012, in Indianapolis. (AP)
OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) - Terrell Suggs will have surgery for a partially torn Achilles tendon, but the Baltimore Ravens linebacker insists the injury will not keep him sidelined for the entire 2012 season.
Suggs said he was injured in Arizona while he was practicing for an upcoming conditioning test.
Suggs initially thought it was a sprain but he said a doctor determined that it was a partial tear.
The 2011 AP Defensive Player of the Year is expected to have surgery as soon as next week.
The injury could be a major blow to one of the NFL's top defenses. The Ravens went 12-4 and won the AFC North last season.
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