UPDATE: It was initially reported by Adam Schefter that Suggs suffered the injury while playing basketball. Schefter later reported that it was “unclear” if it was basketball or a conditioning test. Teammate Vonta Leach indicated that this was a basketball induced injury. You figure it out.
If the reports are true and Terrell Suggs will indeed miss the entire season because he tore his Achilles tendon playing basketball, not only is that bad news for the Ravens, but it’s a foolish way for the former Defensive Player of the Year to go down.
I remember when Zach Greinke broke a rib playing pickup basketball in March of last season. He had just requested a trade from Kansas City and been moved to Milwaukee in a five player deal. Greinke’s injury only costed him the first month of 2011, but he was still labeled as ‘careless’ and ‘stupid.’
The same should be true of Suggs’.
The Ravens invested $63 million over six years on Suggs in 2009 and he just threw one of them away on an injury he suffered away from the field.
Couldn’t tearing your Achilles while playing basketball be considered as reckless as crashing a motorcycle? That’s what Ben Roethlisberger did in 2006. Remember how much we criticized him?
When Dan Marino tore his Achilles, on the field, in the 1993 season, he returned in 1994 and threw for 4,453 yards and 30 touchdowns. It’s reasonable to think that Suggs could return to form in 2013, but you have to imagine that the road to 100 percent will be a long one.