Is basketball dangerous to your health?
May, 3, 2012
By Thomas Neumann | ESPN.com
AP Photo/Nick WassIf Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs was injured playing hoops, we can add his name to the list below.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.
- In 2009, the Browns placed receiver Braylon Edwards on the non-football injury list with an unspecified injury. Reports indicated Edwards hurt his ankle playing hoops.
- 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.