Ravens DE Terrell Suggs Misses Two Championship Opportunities in Three Months

BALTIMORE, MD - DECEMBER 24: Terrell Suggs #55 of the Baltimore Ravens motions to the crowd during the second half against the Cleveland Browns at M&T Bank Stadium on December 24, 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Looks like there were two end-of-the-year championships Ravens LB Terrell Suggs couldn't play in in the last five months.

Suggs, the reigning defensive player of the year, was injured during a basketball tournament in Phoenix, according to the weekend tournament's director.

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Suggs' injury occurred before the league's championship game, something Suggs has disputed since the news of his ruptured Achilles broke in late April.

"He got hurt Sunday prior to the (basketball tournament) championship game," said Herman (Sonny) Hoffman, the director of the Akchin Gymnasium in Maricopa, Ariz., where the tournament was held.

No word on whether his team went on to win the championship (his teams usually lose before the championship game), or if any player bricked a bunny with the game on the line. Schefter did not confirm a rumor that Suggs' small forward let an outlet pass under that same hoop get stripped away by a defender no one's ever heard of.

Suggs' account differs greatly from Hoffman's account, per Schefter.

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

One could classify pick-up basketball as a "conditioning test." But it does seem strange a man with the nickname "Sonny" or his Weekend Warrior League henchmen would bother lying to the extent Schefter quoted him as suggesting.

Then again, Hoffman may still have a few softball leagues he needs to fill, and it's fair to assume his advertising budget falls short in comparison to the movie "Prometheus."

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