In the wake of Tuesday’s report that Terrell Suggs did in fact injure his Achilles’ tendon playing basketball, Ravens coach John Harbaugh told reporters he isn’t worried about how the star linebacker got hurt.
Asked whether he has talked to Suggs about what caused the tear which led to surgery which could then lead to the Ravens playing a good portion of the 2012 season without one of their most integral defensive players, Harbaugh said, “That’s not a conversation we’re even having. It’s not relevant to anything that has anything to do with what we’re trying to accomplish. If it were, I guess we’d think about it. But the relevant conversation, as far as Terrell Suggs, is going to be rehab. He is going to be back here next week. He has a doctor’s appointment on Monday, if I am not mistaken. He’s going to go to work and get that thing back. Knowing Terrell, he will be back sooner rather than later.”
Suggs is coming off a season where he recorded career highs of 14 sacks and seven forced fumbles while matching a career best with two interceptions. With the Ravens’ defense beginning to age, he has become the centerpiece, evidenced by the fact that he was named NFL Defensive Player of the Year last season.
On Tuesday, ESPN reported that witnesses at an Arizona gym where Suggs played in a three-day basketball tournament saw him get hurt playing hoops. Suggs still denies that being the case, saying he partially tore his right Achilles during a conditioning test. Multiple reports have indicated the Ravens have no intention of recouping any of Suggs’ salary considering he suffered the injury away from football.