Suggs is in second car accident in 9 months


Linebacker escapes injury, is cited for failing to yield


August 24, 2004|By Jamison Hensley | Jamison Hensley,SUN STAFF

If the Ravens want to stay on the road to the Super Bowl, they probably don't want Terrell Suggs driving.

The team's outside linebacker was involved in his second car accident in nine months when he collided with another vehicle yesterday while driving back from morning practice.

Suggs, 21, was cited for failing to yield to oncoming traffic after he was hit trying to make a left turn from northbound Pennsylvania Avenue onto the East-bound ramp of Route 140 in Westminster, said a spokesman with the Carroll County sheriff's office.

He has the choice of standing trial or paying a $65 fine. The spokesman said no one received medical treatment but Suggs' 2004 Jeep Cherokee and the 1997 Nissan driven by Terry Phillips of Hanover, Pa., had to be towed because of front-end damage.

In December, Suggs spun out of control in the snow and hit a pole while driving to practice. No other cars were involved in the accident.

"I can dismiss the snow to an Arizona guy," Ravens coach Brian Billick said. "Hopefully, this isn't going to show up again."

Suggs got a cut above his eye from yesterday's accident and had soreness in his chest after the air bags were released. He sat out yesterday's afternoon practice and declined to comment when asked about the incident.

"I can't tell you more than what you already know," Suggs said.

Exchanges are heated

The last day of training camp was a hot one, and it had nothing to do with the weather.

After no fights in the first 29 practices, there were heated exchanges between receiver Randy Hymes and safety Will Demps as well as receiver Ron Johnson and safety Gerome Sapp.

Said Hymes, who got into a pushing match with Demps: "You want to make the last few days impressive. That's something the receivers have to do because of the tempo in practice. But we're not out there to hurt anybody."

End zone

Billick canceled today's final practice, which was the last scheduled workout of training camp at McDaniel College. The team will resume practicing tomorrow at its Owings Mills facility, which is closed to the public. ... Cornerback Corey Fuller's trial on charges of operating a gambling house and using a gun in the commission of a felony has been postponed. It was originally scheduled for yesterday. A new date has not been set. ... The Ravens drew 83,875 fans at this year's camp, a daily average crowd of 4,933.

Sun staff writer Brent Jones contributed to this article.

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