Adam Schefter of ESPN is reporting that Suggs lied about how he injured his right Achilles tendon, according to witnesses who saw the reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year hurt himself during a basketball tournament on April 29:
"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."
This is an interesting development, as Suggs has repeatedly said that he injured his Achilles while practicing for a team conditioning test.
Unfortunately for the menacing linebacker, several witnesses have said otherwise, and Suggs' reputation in the league as an avid basketball player certainly doesn't help his case.
It's also curious as to why Suggs would lie about the injury, as many teams allow offseason basketball as a way for their players to stay in shape. While many teams ban certain activities such as motorcycle-riding, basketball is generally accepted.
Suggs will likely miss most, if not all, of the 2012 season. The Ravens drafted Alabama linebacker Courtney Upshaw as a potential replacement, but Suggs' presence will certainly be missed.
We will have more updates on the situation as the information becomes available.