Suggs' court date for assault charge postponed

OWINGS MILLS — Ravens outside line-backer Terrell Suggs' preliminary hearing to determine whether the AP Defensive Rookie of the Year should stand trial on a felony assault charge was postponed by an Arizona judge until next month. A criminal complaint filed against Suggs, 21, stems from a fight after a basketball tournament Prosecutors allege that Suggs injured Anthony Henry with a steel bar on March 29 before the Ravens drafted him 10th overall in the first round of the NFL Draft.

Suggs declined comment after his hearing to Arizona reporters. His attorney, Craig Penrod, didn't return telephone calls.

When Suggs was charged in December and released from custody, he declined to discuss the specifics of the case, citing legal issues, and said: "There's always two sides to a story." Suggs led Baltimore and all rookies with a dozen sacks. He also forced a team-high six fumbles while recovering four.

Suggs also faces a less serious count of aggravated as-sault alleging that he "caused physical injury to Jeryme C. Cook by any means of force, which caused a temporary, but substantial disfigurement."

Suggs' 17-year-old cousin, Donald Suggs, also faces aggravated assault charges.

Suggs' agent, Gary Wichard has contended that Suggs was attempting to play peace-maker and said his client was attacked from behind with a steel rod.

"He got cold-cocked from behind, that's the scary thing," Wichard told the Chicago Sun-Times. "He was in no way the aggressor. All he did was disarm the guy after he was hit twice with a bar."

Aaron Wilson writes for the Carroll County Times.

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