Delays in Suggs' trial frustrate Billick

OWINGS MILLS – Baltimore Ravens defensive end Terrell Suggs' felony aggravated assault case has dragged on for two years, and the wheels of justice are trying the patience of coach Brian Billick.

Suggs rejected a plea bargain Friday in Maricopa County Superior Court in Arizona, and the judge continued the trial until June 13.

That date conflicts with the Ravens' mandatory minicamp to be held June 13 to June 16, and Suggs has yet to attend two voluntary passing camps.

"It's frustrating when the legal process chooses to move at its own pace," Billick said Monday as the Ravens opened a four-day passing camp. "You have to respect that. There's nothing you can do to change that, the continuances, the changes.

"Unfortunately, I've become all too familiar with it, and it is frustrating. It ought not to have to be that way."

Suggs' two counts of assault stem from a March 29, 2003 fight at Phoenix Municipal Stadium following a basketball tournament. Suggs has pleaded not guilty. His agent has portrayed him as a "peace-maker" who acted in self-defense.

"Everything we've heard, all the testimony, all the depositions, I'm surprised it's even going to court," Billick said. "It's very clear what happened. We have every confidence it's going to come out positive."

CODY UPDATE: Rookie outside linebacker Dan Cody disrupted several passing patterns, proving to be a quick study in coverage techniques after playing defensive end at Oklahoma.

The second-round draft pick intercepted a short pass from quarterback Darian Durant and batted down a swing pass from starter Kyle Boller in the red zone.

"He's got some lanky arms," Boller said of the 6-foot-5, 255-pound Cody. "I thought I would test him a little bit and the rookie got me. At least his hands aren't that good."

QUICK HITS: Cornerbacks Samari Rolle and Chris McAlister didn't attend due to scheduling conflicts, and Dale Carter and Cooper Carlisle manned the corners. Safety Ed Reed and linebacker Ray Lewis skipped voluntary workouts for the second week in a row. … Wide receivers Mark Clayton (hamstring), Clarence Moore (neck) and Derek Abney (shoulder) participated fully in drills. … Billick opened his commencement speech to the University of Maryland-Baltimore on Friday with a highly personal anecdote. The topic: his vasectomy. "If you were at the graduation, you enjoyed it," Billick said. "It was a true story. That was the sad part." … Offensive tackle Orlando Brown left practice early to rest his surgically-repaired knee. "Don't count this old dog out," Brown bellowed to reporters as he headed toward the locker room. … Wide receiver Randy Hymes sported a pair of light purple tights after donning white tights last week. "If the guy doesn't have a tights endorsement, he should," Billick said. … McDaniel College head coach Tim Keating and offensive line coach Aaron Bartolain attended practice.

Aaron Wilson is the chief writer for RavensInsider.Com He is also the Ravens' reporter for the Carroll County Times in Westminster Maryland.

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