Suggs has hands full against Joe Thomas

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OWINGS MILLS — Historically, Terrell Suggs has done well against Cleveland.

His 12 career sacks against the Browns are the most Cleveland has ever given up to one player in franchise history. But since 2007, when the Browns drafted left tackle Joe Thomas, Suggs’ numbers have halted a bit.

From his rookie season 2003 through 2006, Suggs racked up eight sacks against the Browns, terrorizing the quarterback.

But in the past four seasons, Suggs’ numbers decreased by 50 percent, with his sack total against Cleveland being four during that time span. It’s not a coincidence Suggs’ numbers have declined. Thomas is regarded as one of the NFL’s premier left tackles, if not the best.

Suggs himself said Thomas was in the top 3, specifically naming Thomas and Dolphins left tackle Jake Long as the two best. It should be a challenge for Suggs, who’s coming off an impressive three-sack performance against San Francisco.

“We always have battles when we go against each other,” Suggs said.

Browns running game gaining ground

One of Cleveland’s strengths heading into this season was supposed to be its running game. It returned Peyton Hillis, who rushed for 1,177 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2010.

But the running game didn’t get off to a good start, and Hillis was either injured, supposedly sick or clouded with drama surrounding a contract dispute.

As of Week 13, the Browns rank 29th in rushing offense at 96.8 yards per game.

But the last two weeks have been different. The Browns rushed for 134 yards against a stout Jacksonville defense and for 148 yards against Cincinnati. Hillis returned to the starting lineup as his hamstring injury might finally be healthy.

“They’re near the top of the league the past two games in yards per gain in the rushing attack,” coach John Harbaugh said. “They’ve really beefed that thing up. They’ve got Peyton Hillis back, which really does it for him.”

Cook denies ESPN New York report

Newly-signed defensive back Emanuel Cook denied being late to a Jets workout, which resulted in his release in New York.

ESPN New York reported Cook was late to a conditioning workout and that a Jets assistant coach said he wasn’t participating hard enough. These factors reportedly led to his release.

“I really don’t know, I wasn’t late,” Cook said.

The Ravens claimed Cook off waivers Tuesday. Harbaugh said the Ravens have immediate plans to use him on special teams.

Ravens remember McGlockton

After Wednesday morning’s walkthrough ended, the Ravens gathered and said a prayer for former NFL defensive lineman Chester McGlockton, who was found dead Wednesday morning due to a heart attack.

McGlockton was a former coaching intern with the Ravens and was on staff as an assistant coach with the University of Stanford. He played 12 years in the NFL with the Raiders, Chiefs, Broncos and Jets.

“Great man, great coach,” Harbaugh said. “One of the premier defensive linemen to ever play in the National Football League.”

Injury report

Ray Lewis (toe) was the only player not to participate in practice Wednesday. Cornerback Chris Carr was limited in participation with a back injury.

Running back Anthony Allen (thigh) and defensive tackle Arthur Jones (concussion) fully participated in practice. Jones has been cleared for contact after sustaining a concussion against Seattle.

“They had me in the Bat Cave, in a dark room, doing the things that were necessary to get me back to where I was at,” Jones said. “It’s the little things, getting balance and everything together.”

By Jason Butt

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