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Scouting the AFC North: John Harbaugh says Terrell Suggs on Track to Return this Season

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Jan 15, 2012; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs (55) during the AFC Divisional Playoff game against the Houston Texans at M

When Ravens All-Pro outside linebacker Terrell Suggs tore his achilles tendon this offseason, it was believed that the reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year wouldn’t play football in 2012. It now appears that not only will he play this year, but it may be sooner than expected. Suggs is eligible to come off the PUP list in two weeks, and be back for the teams’ Week 7 matchup against the Texans. Ravens Head Coach John Harbaugh revealed today that Suggs does have a target date in mind, but wouldn’t elaborate on when it was, but confidentially said “He is going to be back”.

After the Ravens escaped last night with a 23-16 victory over the Cleveland Browns in an AFC North showdown, RB Ray Rice admitted he was worn down, as the Ravens had just finished playing their fourth game in 17 days in the first four weeks of the 2012 season. Perhaps that explains his 18 carries for 49 yards last night for a 2.7 average, one of the worst outings of his 5-year NFL career. He was averaging nearly 6 yards-per-carry going into last night. The Ravens did improve to 3-1 and remain atop the AFC North.

Ravens TE Dennis Pitta appears to have solidified himself as the teams’ top TE target. Going into the year, he was in a battle with Ed Dickson for the starting nod, but last night Pitta  played in 62/87 snaps (71.3 percent) of snaps, as Dickson has been utilized in more of a blocking role.

Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger insisted there’s no problem between him and offensive coordinator Todd Haley, despite the teams’ 1-2 start and the Steelers’ run game being off to its worst start in 62 years. The team currently has 195 yards rushing and a 2.64-yards-per-carry average, but the eventual return of Pro Bowl RB Rashard Mendenhall should provide a significant boost.