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Terrell Suggs tears Achilles’

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 via text message.

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Suggs initially thought it was a sprain but a doctor determined it was a partial tear, he said.

Suggs, the AP NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 2011, is expected to have surgery 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 Ravens issued a statement Thursday saying: “We are in contact with Terrell. He will see a specialist early next week, and we’ll know more at that time.’’

General manager Ozzie Newsome did not immediately return a call from the AP.

Bounties were paid

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A former US attorney hired by the NFL to evaluate its investigation of the Saints’ bounty program said the evidence shows players received payments for hits on targeted opponents. Mary Jo White said in a conference call that evidence in the league’s investigation of the three-year pay-for-pain system provided “an unusually strong record’’ and came from people with “firsthand knowledge and corroborated by documentation.’’ She added that most of the money in the bounty scheme was provided by the players . . . More than 100 former NFL players filed a federal lawsuit in Atlanta claiming that pro football didn’t properly protect its players from concussions. Among the plaintiffs in the latest suit are former Falcons running back Jamal Anderson and former Packers quarterback Don Majkowski. They are among more than 1,000 former NFL players suing the league. The cases say not enough was done to inform players about the dangers of concussions in the past, and not enough is done to take care of them today. The league has said any allegation that the league intentionally sought to mislead players is without merit.

Jets sign Hill

The Jets signed second-round pick Stephen Hill to a four-year contract. The speedy receiver out of Georgia Tech landed a pact worth just under $43 million according to a person familiar with the deal . . . Free agent running back Ryan Grant is considering a contract offer from the Lions, according to his agent. Grant, 29, played the past five seasons for the Packers. In 63 career games, he has 4,016 yards and 25 touchdowns . . . The Jaguars released cornerback Drew Coleman after one season. He played in all 16 games last season and saw action in nearly 50 percent of the snaps as a nickel cornerback . . . Safety Winston Venable was waived by the Bears. An undrafted free agent out of Boise State a year ago, Venable appeared in 12 games and had 10 special teams tackles.

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