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Witnesses: Suggs hurt playing basketball

June 5, 2012 at 6:44 PM

BALTIMORE, June 5 (UPI) -- Baltimore Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs tore an Achilles tendon playing basketball, not during a conditioning test as he claimed, witnesses told ESPN Tuesday.

The broadcaster quoted staff members who attended a three-day Arizona basketball tournament in which Suggs played as saying that's when the reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year hurt his leg.

Suggs stated shortly after the April 29 incident that he suffered the injury while doing conditioning work, but the basketball camp staffers disputed that.

"He got hurt Sunday prior to the (basketball tournament) championship game," Herman "Sonny" Hoffman, the director of the Ak-Chin Gymnasium in Maricopa, Ariz., told ESPN.

When asked by the broadcaster if that's when Suggs sustained the torn 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."

When told Tuesday of the comments by staff members, Suggs told ESPN through his agent, Joel Segal: "Simply not true. I hurt myself doing my conditioning test."

Suggs will be missing when the Ravens report to minicamp Wednesday.

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