Ravens' Suggs headed to trial

OWINGS MILLS – Baltimore Ravens defensive end Terrell Suggs' felony aggravated assault trial is set for Monday in Arizona, according to court documents.

Suggs' case is scheduled for a trial management conference this morning in Maricopa County Superior Court. Suggs, 22, faces two counts of assault, and he's represented by prominent Phoenix defense attorney Larry Kazan.

The case stems from a March 29, 2003 brawl outside Phoenix Municipal Stadium following a basketball tournament, weeks prior to the Ravens drafting Suggs 10th overall out of Arizona State.

Authorities are accusing Suggs of hitting a man with a reinforced metal rod, and also charged his relative, Donald Suggs, with assault.

"There's always two sides to every story," Suggs said after he was initially charged.

Suggs' agent, Gary Wichard, has portrayed his client as a "peace-maker," who was "cold-cocked" from behind with a metal bar while law enforcement officials contend that Suggs was the aggressor.

The case has been continued several times, according to court documents. A settlement conference and a status conference were held earlier this month without resolving the case.

Suggs led the Ravens last season with 10 ½ sacks and was selected to his first Pro Bowl as an outside linebacker in 2004, but is moving back to defensive end for the Ravens' planned shift to a 4-3 alignment.

Through two seasons, Suggs has registered 22 ½ sacks. He's tied for fourth fastest in NFL history to reach the 20-sack milestone.

NOTE: The Ravens have reportedly hired former New Orleans Saints scout Andy Weidl.

In addition to being a long time contributor to RavensInsider, Aaron Wilson writes for the Carroll County Times in Westminster Maryland.

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