ESPN Report Indicates Suggs Tore Achilles Playing Basketball

For whatever reason, it appears that how Terrell Suggs tore his right Achilles has been covered up.  Let the conspiracy theories begin.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter initially broke the news on the morning of May 3 that Suggs tore his Achilles playing basketball.  As the day went on he backtracked from those comments saying that it was “unclear” whether the injury occurred on the court or in a conditioning test.

Today, Schefter clarified his source in a piece on ESPN.com.

Despite continuing to say he tore his right Achilles tendon during conditioning drills, Baltimore Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs injured his right lower leg playing basketball on Sunday, April 29, according to staff members who attended a three-day basketball tournament in which Suggs played that weekend.

“He got hurt Sunday prior to the (basketball tournament) championship game,” said Herman (Sonny) Hoffman, the director of the Akchin Gymnasium in Maricopa, Ariz., where the tournament was held.

Asked if he believed that was when Suggs injured his Achilles, Hoffman said: “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.”


Schefter reports that Hoffman was supposed to fill out an incident report related to the injury, but Suggs “declined help and left the gym.”  He did not return to court to play in the tournament.

“It was either the Achilles or the ankle because it was in that area. After that, he left and didn’t play,” Hoffman clarified.

Suggs issued a statement to ESPN through his agent on Tuesday that Hoffman’s comments were not true. “I hurt myself doing my conditioning test.”

“I was watching SportsCenter, and they said he did it during a conditioning test, and I said, ‘What? What’s going on here?’” said Adam Bowman, who also works at the Akchin Gymnasium and attended the tournament in which Suggs played. “And then to lie about it … “

The Ravens have declined to comment. Schefter adds that Suggs “has a reputation of playing [basketball] often in the offseason.”

So why would the Ravens or Suggs choose to say this injury occurred during a training session?  Were they worried about the backlash of an off-the-field injury?  What does the team or the player have to gain from lying to the public?

There are many unanswered questions in this one.

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Zach Wilt is the Founding Editor of BaltimoreSportsReport.com and host of the BSR Podcast. He's a loyal Orioles, Ravens and Capitals fan who is obsessed with baseball, loves traveling, In-N-Out Burger and Walt Disney World.

10 Comments

  1. MGW

    June 5, 2012 at 9:31 pm

    There is absolutely nothing wrong with Suggs playing basketball in the offseason to help keep in shape. Cal Ripken did it for years.

    The fact that the Ravens make everything an ultra top secret and makes people think they are always trying to hide something. Stop being so damned politically correct Ravens.

  2. spy

    June 6, 2012 at 8:46 am

    I agree with MGW , it’s over now and it’s time for the ‘next man up’,,,,,,,,,,,,we will really see how good the recent drafts have been won’t we…………..

  3. Dude

    June 6, 2012 at 12:59 pm

    Bor-ing … the media is trying to get something going on this. Don Shula tore his “walking to his office” so this could happen to anyone. This is no news and thats what the Ravens are saying. Suggs and the Ravens are moving on and thats BSR and the rest of the media should do as well. Thumbs down on this effort.

    • MGW

      June 6, 2012 at 3:02 pm

      None of you blockheads seem to get it. The point of all of this is NOT how the man got injured, it’s WHY are they covering it up!

      He got hurt keeping in shape playing basketball, it wasn’t sky diving or bull riding or any other stupid activity that puts you in unneccesary peril, IT WAS BASKETBALL.

      SO, why the need to lie about it?

      THAT is the point.

      • Dude

        June 8, 2012 at 10:59 am

        who cares if they are covering it up … give this story a thumbs down. I thought BSR was better than this, but it sounds like they’re falling in line with the rest of the media mo-rons.

        • MGW

          June 8, 2012 at 12:16 pm

          It’s a story because the Ravens and Suggs made it a story by lying about it. On the surface – a pro athlete playing basketball to keep in shape and getting hurt in doing so – is NOT a story. The cover up and lies are the story. Why, why cover it up? That’s what people want to know.

          • Dude

            June 8, 2012 at 5:07 pm

            Bow-riiiiing .. Move on.

  4. BallSoHard

    June 6, 2012 at 1:51 pm

    I still wish I could see you call Suggs “stupid” to his face.

  5. 9inchnails

    June 16, 2012 at 7:24 pm

    Maybe he likes bleached blondes, I know I do. Sp does too. Hey Spy, is John Travolta a blonde?