When word of Terrell Suggs’ Achilles injury first broke, reports were that he hurt himself playing basketball.
Suggs quickly said that he hurt it while doing a conditioning test and the matter fell away fairly quickly as everyone started trying to figure out when Suggs would be able to return to the team. The basketball story has returned, however.
Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that Suggs appeared to hurt himself while playing in a basketball tournament. Herman Hoffman, director of the gym where the tournament was played, said that Suggs collided with another player and that’s when he thinks the injury happened.
“More than likely it was. My staff saw the whole incident. It was the condition you’d describe for a torn Achilles. He had no movement, no step, and it swelled up right away.”
When reached for a response, Suggs, through his agent, said again that he was hurt doing a conditioning test. The Ravens also responded, saying that they were only concerned with when Suggs will be ready to play this season.
Ultimately, it doesn’t much matter whether Suggs got hurt playing basketball or doing a conditioning test if the Ravens don’t try to recover any money from him. There’s no sign that the team plans to do that and they would be within their rights to go after his money either way because Suggs was hurt away from the team’s facility. Given the amount of charity basketball games players play in during the offseason — Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith hosted and played in one after hernia surgery this March — it would seem teams don’t have a major problem with players taking part.
Where the injury occurred has no bearing on when Suggs gets back on the field, though, and that seems to be the only concern the Ravens have right now.