OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — Baltimore Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs will get his entire $4.9 million salary in 2012 regardless of how he tore his Achilles tendon, team owner Steve Bisciotti said Friday.
Suggs sustained the injury in April. He insists it happened while he was running through a conditioning drill, but several witnesses say he was hurt playing basketball in Arizona.
Bisciotti doesn't care.
"I would be more upset if he hurt himself sleeping on the couch all offseason," he said. "If our players are engaged in activities that get them in shape, then I'm proud of them for doing it. I don't know if I would be working out in April the way these guys do what they do. I'm proud of Terrell. It gets pretty boring in the weight room. He wasn't kite boarding. If he's playing basketball, that's great."
Suggs immediately underwent surgery and hopes to be playing again sometime this season.
Under the NFL collective bargaining agreement, the Ravens could have chosen to not pay Suggs entirely or reduce his salary because it was a non-football injury. But Bisciotti said cutting Suggs' salary would not be good for team morale.