“Ouch, this hurts.”
That’s not just what Terrell Suggs was saying after he hurt
his Achilles tendon over the weekend, it’s what the majority of Ravens fans
were saying today when Vinny Cerrato broke the news on 105.7 The Fan earlier
For the second time in three years, the Baltimore Ravens
find themselves shaking their heads in disbelief after a freak offseason accident
claims another player. When Sergio Kindle missed the season in 2010 after
fracturing his skull falling down a flight of stairs, the Ravens were only faced
with replacing an unproven second-round rookie.
This time, they must look for a way to replace the reigning
NFL Defensive Player of the Year.
Because this story is so new, not all the details have come
out nor may we ever know how Suggs really was injured.
Early reports by Cerrato and NFL Insider Adam Schefter
suggested Suggs was playing basketball during the time of the injury. This
afternoon, Suggs was interviewed by Ravens24x7’s Aaron Wilson and refuted
earlier reports saying, “The injury did not occur while I was playing
I have the utmost respect for Terrell Suggs and he is
undoubtedly one of my favorite players but I must question if his statement is
Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome said the team found out
about the news on Monday, while Suggs has said the injury happened on Saturday.
If Suggs injured himself during 40-yard cone shuffles as he claims, why would
he not tell his employer about a devastating injury that same day?
I’m not calling Suggs a liar but he does have a good reason
to “fabricate the truth”. If Suggs was found to be playing basketball and his
contract specifically says he can’t, the consequences could be serious.
Earlier today on Twitter, WNST’s Drew Forrester wrote that a
source said Suggs could face a $250k fine per his contract for participating in
off-season basketball not approved by the Ravens. I’m pretty sure this also
would mean the Ravens would be able to recoup any money Suggs would be owed
during the time he’s injured if he willingly participated in an event he wasn’t
Regardless if Suggs was or wasn’t playing basketball, the
injury won’t magically go away and the Ravens will have to adjust accordingly.
Suggs told the Baltimore Sun that he’s seen two doctors already and he’s gotten
two different diagnoses – one saying it’s a partial tear and another saying
it’s a full tear. The Ravens have also confirmed Suggs will see a doctor early
next week to learn the full extent of his injury.
It’s hard to speculate a possible return for Suggs and just
how long he’ll miss. Suggs said, “At the minimum, I’ll be back in October, and
at the maximum, most definitely back in November.”
No matter when Suggs sees the field next, one thing we know
is that it won’t be any earlier than October. Injuries happen and they’re
simply a part of the physical toll on your body caused by football.
The question I’d like to pose is in regards to professional
athletes’ contracts and what they’re allowed to do and not do during their
Is it right for a player to be bound by contract from
participating in high-risk activities during their personal time or is it too
invasive on their personal freedom?
I’d be curious to hear your thoughts.
Get well soon, Sizzle. #BallSoHard