Common sense seemed poised to fly out the window this week in Philadelphia and Baltimore, where each team has a key player who suffered an Achilles tendon injury on his own time during the offseason. The fact that the Eagles and Ravens can refuse to pay left tackle Jason Peters and linebacker Terrell Suggs, respectively, has morphed into a growing belief that one or both will.
In Philly, the indications have culminated in a report that the Eagles will at least reduce Peters’ pay by what they are paying Demetress Bell, the man who was signed to replace Peters on the roster. In Baltimore, however, there has been no serious suggestion that the Ravens will say “psych!” to Suggs when the time comes to get paid.
Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun reports that, indeed, there currently are no indications that the Ravens will keep all or part of Suggs’ $4.9 million base salary. Zrebiec also reports that there have been no internal discussions regarding the possibility of not paying the 2011 defensive player of the year.
As we’ve said before and will say again (including right now), it would be asinine to punish Suggs (or Peters, for that matter) for getting injured while trying to get/stay in shape. Absent evidence they suffered the injuries doing something reckless or risky, any injury sustained during any type of normal exercise (including basketball) should result in no consequence to Suggs or Peters or any other player.
The Ravens have done nothing in recent years to suggest that they are stupid. And unless they know something the rest of us don’t about how Suggs was injured, it would be stupid to not pay him.