Suggs' case postponed; O. Brown sued by NFL

OWINGS MILLS – The preliminary hearing for the felony aggravated assault case involving Baltimore Ravens outside linebacker Terrell Suggs was postponed until next month in Maricopa County Superior Court (Ariz.), according to a court information officer.

It's the second continuance granted to Suggs, 21. 

The NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year has hired a new attorney, and is now slated to appear in March along with his co-defendants.

The charge stems from a March 29 fight last year in a parking lot outside Phoenix Municipal Stadium after a basketball tournament. 

Prosecutors have alleged that Suggs and a co-defendant used a steel bar to assault a man. Suggs' agent, Gary Wichard, has denied the allegation, saying that Suggs was "cold-cocked" from behind with a steel rod.

When Suggs was charged in December, he declined to discuss the case in detail, citing legal issues, and said: "There's always two sides to a story."

Meanwhile, starting right offensive tackle Orlando Brown was sued this week by the NFL for breach of contract.

The league alleges that Brown owes $500,000 because he returned to football after reaching an injury settlement that reportedly ranges between $15 and $20 million based on his inability to play, according to a published report.

Brown's eye was permanently damaged in December, 1999 when he was accidentally struck by NFL official Jeff Triplette's weighted penalty flag while playing for the Cleveland Browns.

The confidential settlement reportedly contained a provision that stipulated that if Brown were to return to the field then the league would receive 50 percent of his after-tax income each season up to a total of $1 million.

An unrestricted free agent, Brown played under a one-year, $1 million contract last season. An NFL spokesman said that Brown has not responded to requests to pay the money.

Ravens coach Brian Billick has said the team would like to re-sign Brown.

Aaron Wilson writes for the Carroll County Times.

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