People keep telling me what's ahead for San Francisco's Michael Crabtree, the victim of a torn Achilles expected to sideline him six months, but I'm not sure anyone really knows.

That is, anyone outside of Baltimore linebacker Terrell Suggs.

He's the guy who last spring tore his Achilles, underwent surgery, then promised to return by November -- even though physicians told him he'd probably miss the season.

Well, they were wrong. Suggs returned for Baltimore's Oct. 21 game vs. Houston and not only started; he produced a sack, four tackles and a deflected pass. It was a remarkable recovery, even though Suggs conceded he didn't have the necessary explosion to be an effective pass rusher ... and didn't find it until the playoffs when he produced a pair of sacks en route to the Ravens' second Super Bowl.

"I was still effective against the run because you can play the run with your legs and your arms," said Suggs, the 2011 Defensive Player of the Year, "but as far as pass rushing, you need a tremendous amount of explosion, and I didn't have that right off the bat for a large portion of the season."

My guess is that when Crabtree returns he won't, either, mostly because I listened to Suggs, and here's what he had to say about Crabtree's injury and what it means for his future:

1. Don't let anyone kid you; a torn Achilles is as bad as you've been told

"When it first happened," Suggs said, "I first thought I sprained my ankle ... but my foot wasn't responding. It wasn't moving like a sprained ankle. You can hobble on a sprained ankle, but it just felt a little bit more severe. I don't know how I made it home. It felt like the world moved. It was the loudest sound I ever heard, and I was told, 'Yeah, you tore your Achilles and you're pretty much out 12 months.'

"You can walk, but it's excruciating pain, and you know something's wrong because you have no stability in your foot. It was hands-down the worst thing I've ever had to experience, and I'm going to do everything in my power to make sure it doesn't happen again."