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OWINGS MILLS, Md. Ryan Kerrigan Jersey . -- Baltimore Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs will have surgery for a partially torn Achilles tendon, an injury he insists will not keep him sidelined for the entire 2012 season. The injury occurred in Arizona while Suggs was practicing for an upcoming conditioning test, he said Thursday in a text message. Suggs initially thought it was a sprain but a doctor determined that it was a partial tear, he said. The Ravens issued a statement Thursday saying: "We are in contact with Terrell. He will see a specialist early next week, and well know more at that time." General manager Ozzie Newsome said, "Were just waiting for Terrell to see a specialist on Tuesday, and then well go from there." Suggs, the AP NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 2011, is expected to have surgery as soon as next week. A torn Achilles tendon usually requires a lengthy rehabilitation program, but Suggs has no intention of sitting out the year. Asked if he will play in 2012, he responded, ""Absolutely," and projected his return to occur in late October or November. The injury is a major blow to a stout defence that also features linebacker Ray Lewis, safety Ed Reed and tackle Haloti Ngata. Suggs had 14 sacks last season, forced a franchise-record seven fumbles and received his fifth Pro Bowl invitation in helping the Ravens win the AFC North with a 12-4 record. Suggs has played nine seasons for Baltimore and has missed only three games, in 2009 with a knee injury. In six of those nine years he started every game and is the Ravens career sack leader with 82 1/2. Barring a trade or a free agent signing, the Ravens will probably rely on Paul Kruger and top draft pick Courtney Upshaw to provide outside pressure on opposing quarterbacks in 2012. Kruger had 5 1/2 sacks last season and Upshaw amassed 9 1/2 sacks for Alabama in 2011. Michael Turner Jersey . Zambrano homered and pitched into the eighth inning, and Hanley Ramirez went deep, too, leading the Miami Marlins to a 5-1 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday. Charles Johnson Jersey . Pendrel, from Kamloops, B.C., finished fourth Sunday in the fourth round of the mountain bike World Cup. Pendrel was one minute 12 seconds behind winner Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjaa of Norway. Drew Brees Jersey . -- Zach Johnson already was a member of the board of directors of the John Deere Classic. Steve Smith Youth Jersey . The mighty Memphis Tigers humiliated Michigan State and embarrassed all those naysayers who suggested they were the most suspect of the top seeds in this years NCAA tournament. Nick Perry Jersey . "Nice to talk about something positive, isnt it?" veteran slugger Matt Stairs said after a 4-3 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Sunday afternoon. There was plenty of good to discuss, even though the Blue Jays (15-17) once again made things tougher on themselves than they needed to be before a crowd of 26,147. SAN DIEGO -- Padres starter Cory Luebke says hell have reconstructive surgery on his left elbow. The operation will be performed Wednesday by Dr. Lewis Yocum in Los Angeles. Luebke said during a conference call with reporters Moonday that he has a significant tear in his ulnar collateral ligament. LeGarrette Blount Jersey. The left-hander says he could return in mid-May next year. Luebke was 3-1 with a 2.61 ERA when he went on the 15-day disabled list May 2. ' ' '