Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs has continued to deny that he partially tore his right Achilles' tendon playing basketball, and that the injury was suffered during conditioning drills.
But according to an ESPN.com report, witnesses claim that Suggs did in fact hurt himself playing in a basketball tournament at the end of April.
Herman Hoffman, the director of Akchin Gymnasium in Maricopa, Ariz., where the tourney was held, told ESPN that Suggs went down the Sunday before the championship game.
Hoffman was asked twice how sure he was about when Suggs suffered the injury, which could cost the 2011 Defensive Player of the Year a decent chunk of the upcoming season.
The first time he was asked if that was the moment Suggs was injured, 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."
Asked again, Hoffman told ESPN: "Well, I have other staff members that told me the same thing. The people who were scorekeeping, keeping the books, running the clock, they all said the same thing. He did it during the game. It looked like he stepped wrong. There was a collision, and he stepped wrong, possibly on someone's foot. It was either the Achilles or the ankle because it was in that area. After that, he left and didn't play."
Even after those comments, Suggs held that he tore his Achilles during a conditioning test.