Rob Long: The Truth Shall Set You Free

Terrell Suggs has maintained that he injured himself doing conditioning drills. However, in an article on ESPN.com, Herman “Sonny” Hoffman of Akchin Gymnasium in Maricopa, Arizona says that’s not exactly true.

According to the report, Suggs injured himself on Sunday, April 29th at a three day basketball tournament at the gymnasium. “He got hurt Sunday prior to the (basketball tournament) championship game,” according to Hoffman. He went on to say “more than likely,” that’s when Suggs injured his achilles.

The question is, does this matter to the Baltimore Ravens. One side says that Suggs is a franchise player on the defensive side of the ball and is extremely valuable to the organization. In addition to that, the organization owes him $4.9 million this year and how Suggs’ injury occurred may be extremely valuable to their decision whether or not to pay him that entire salary.

Some….oh who am I kidding, I believe there is a chance the Baltimore Ravens may already know, or not care, how the injury really occurred. Why would they? If Suggs was just playing basketball, how do you tell a 29 year old athlete not to be an athlete?

Riding motorcycles, rock climbing, or other ridiculous activities are one thing. Telling an athlete like Terrell Suggs to not play basketball in the off-season is a real reach.

If I’m the Ravens, I would say, “Tell us the truth, but we don’t care what you tell everyone else.” If I’m Suggs, I would do exactly that.

If Suggs really did injure himself while playing basketball, it is VERY important that the Ravens know, but not important that you and I do. Knowing how this organization is, I believe they know the truth about it. The truth is, it really doesn’t matter. Just get on the field and make it a non-story. It goes in the category of something that fans don’t NEED to know.

Rob Long

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