Despite Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs’ attempts to convince the media that he was hurt during a conditioning drill, multiple witnesses are now insisting the star was hurt during a game of basketball.
According to Herman Hoffman, the director of the Akchin Gymnasium in Maricopa, Ariz., Suggs hurt his right Achilles tendon during a 3-on-3 hoops tournament on April 29 and had to file an injury report after the incident.
“More than likely it was. My staff saw the whole incident,” Hoffman explained to ESPN. “It was the condition you’d describe for a torn Achilles. He had no movement, no step, and it swelled up right away.”
Hoffman, who filled out the injury report and was responsible for inquiring if Suggs needed emergency medical services, said the star linebacker declined medical attention at the gym, left and did not play another game at the tournament.
The tournament director added that several members of his staff also witnessed Suggs’ injury and would back up his story if need be.
When confronted with Hoffmann’s allegations, Suggs denied them and stuck to his original story.
“Simply not true. I hurt myself doing my conditioning test,” he told ESPN through his agent, Joel Segal.
The Baltimore Sun reports that Suggs does have a history of playing basketball as a way to stay in shape in the off season, an activity that members of the Balitmore Ravens — and most other NFL teams — are strictly prohibited from engaging in.