Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs, the reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year, has injured an Achilles tendon and will miss the 2012 season, according to sources.
Several media outlets initially reported Suggs suffered the injury while playing basketball in Arizona. Sources close to Suggs deny he was injured playing hoops, although the Baltimore Sun recently reported Suggs was keeping in shape on the basketball court.
If Suggs did suffer the injury on the court, he’s hardly the first athlete to get hurt playing hoops:
In 2004, Aaron Boone was just months removed from delivering the winning home run for the Yankees in the ALCS when he tore an anterior cruciate ligament on the court. The injury cost him nearly $5 million, as the Yankees released him weeks later.
Dolphins quarterback Chad Pennington tore an ACL playing basketball in 2011, effectively ending his 11-year NFL career.
Brewers pitcher Zack Grienke broke a rib in a 2011 pickup game, and wound up starting the season on the disabled list.
In 2010, Broncos offensive tackle Ryan Clady tore a knee tendon playing basketball. Although the injury required surgery, he returned to the team in time for the start of the regular season.
Also in 2010, NASCAR driver Denny Hamlin tore an ACL playing hoops. However, he was able to drive with the injury.
So while the lesson here might be that athletes should stick to their sport of choice, we wonder if the NBA’s compressed, 66-game schedule might be to blame for Suggs’ injury.