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Ravens star tears Achilles tendon

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs will have surgery for a partially torn Achilles tendon but insisted he will play this season.

The injury occurred in Arizona while Suggs, 29, was practicing for a conditioning test, he said Thursday in a text message.

"We're just waiting for Terrell to see a specialist on Tuesday," Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome said. "And then we'll go from there."

A torn Achilles tendon usually requires a lengthy rehabilitation. But asked if he would play in 2012, the 2011 defensive player of the year responded, "Absolutely" and projected his return for late October or November.

Suggs had 14 sacks last season and has a franchise-record 82½ over nine seasons. Barring a free agent signing or trade, the Ravens will turn to Paul Kruger or rookie Courtney Upshaw. Kruger had 5½ sacks last season. Upshaw, the 35th overall pick, had 9½ for Alabama.

Seau death a suicide

SAN DIEGO — The San Diego County Medical Examiner's Office ruled Junior Seau's death a suicide. The autopsy says the former Chargers star linebacker died of a gunshot wound to the chest. He was found at his home Wednesday morning.

Seau's father, Tiana Seau, visited his home. He was too overcome by emotion to speak at length but did say his home was full of family members morning the loss.

The family released a statement: "We thank you for the outpouring of love from each and every one, near and far. We ask that you continue to pray for our family during this time as we will continue to pray for those Junior has touched. God bless you."

Concussions: More than 100 former players filed a federal lawsuit in Atlanta alleging the league didn't protect its players from concussions. Plaintiffs include ex-Falcons running back Jamal Anderson, ex-Saints receiver Lindsay Scott and former quarterback Don Majkowski. About 1,800 players are now included in 68 lawsuits. A hearing to consolidate them has not been scheduled.

Bucs moves: Defensive tackle Gary Gibson agreed to a two-year deal with the Bucs, his agent said. Gibson, 29, played for Bucs coach Greg Schiano at Rutgers. Last season, he had three sacks for the Rams as a reserve. He was born in Plant City but attended high school in upstate New York. … Defensive tackle John McCargo and receiver Raymond Webber were released. McCargo had five tackles over four games last season. Webber spent the season on injured reserve after hurting a hamstring during training camp.

Jaguars: Cornerback Drew Coleman was released. He had two interceptions and two sacks in 16 games last season, his sixth.

Jets: Receiver and second-round pick Stephen Hill agreed to a four-year deal worth $5 million ($2.9 million guaranteed), New York's Daily News reported.

Patriots: Receiver Tiquan Underwood, known for being released a day before February's Super Bowl then re-signed three days later, was released again. His roster spot went to Gerard Warren, an ex-Gator defensive lineman who re-signed.

Vikings: The Minnesota House and Senate will vote Monday on a stadium proposal that calls for $427 million in private financing and $548 million from gambling taxes. Leaders in both houses said the vote is too close to call.

Times staff writer Stephen F. Holder contributed to this report.

Bucs rookie minicamp

When: Today-Sunday

Where: One Buc Place, Tampa

Who: Seven drafted players, 16 undrafted

Quotable: "The easy thing to do is just go out and run a practice. But I don't think that's the best thing to do. As a staff, we really have to make sure we … put together workouts and things like that that give us the information to make the best decisions moving forward." — coach Greg Schiano

Ravens star tears Achilles tendon 05/04/12 [Last modified: Friday, May 4, 2012 1:10am]

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