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Ravens' Suggs practices for first time

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OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP)

The Baltimore Ravens' loss of Ray Lewis was balanced somewhat by the return of Terrell Suggs, who practiced Wednesday for the first time this season. Suggs has been out with a torn right Achillies tendon.

PAIN TRAIN

Injuries are a part of football, but these players have been hit particularly hard.

Lewis has been placed on injured reserve with the ''designated to return'' tag, which provides him the chance to play again this season.

Lewis tore his right triceps in Sunday's game against Dallas. He was scheduled to undergo surgery on Wednesday.

His return his season is unlikely, but by being designated to return, the 37-year-old is eligible to come back in six weeks.

Coach John Harbaugh says, ''We have no idea whether that time frame has anything to do with the injury, but there's an opportunity and we're going to keep the door open.''

A report early Thursday said Suggs was ready to give it a go Sunday in Houston, but a source told the Baltimore Sun the Ravens will maintain a cautious approach with the Pro Bowl outside linebacker.

"He's not playing," the source told the paper.

Suggs suffered the injury in April and initial projections had him being available no earlier than next month if he was able to return at all this season.

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