The Baltimore Ravens won't take money away from linebacker Terrell Suggs even though the NFL's Defensive Player of the Year was injured away from the team's facility, team owner Steve Bisciotti said Friday.
Bisciotti called the idea of not paying Suggs for the games he would miss "nonsense" and pointed out that football players play basketball all offseason.
Witnesses told ESPN's Adam Schefter this week that Suggs injured his Achilles' tendon in April while playing basketball. Suggs has insisted that he was hurt in practicing a conditioning test.
The Ravens could have placed Suggs on the non-football injury list at the start of training camp, which would allow them not to pay him a portion of his $4.9 million salary this season.
Bisciotti said he hasn't asked how Suggs got injured and the cause doesn't matter to him.
"I don't know the truth and it doesn't matter," Biscotti said. "I don't understand the 'We deserve an explanation' kind of thing. Quite honestly, I didn't even ask [general manager Ozzie Newsome] if we got an explanation. ... This one feeling that Ravens' fans deserve to know, I don't understand that."
Suggs has repeatedly said he would play this season and expects to be on the field no later than the end of November. He recorded a career-high 14 sacks in 2011 and was named first-team All-Pro.