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Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs pleads not guilty to two misdemeanors

Terrell Suggs' next court date is on May 16.

Ravens outside linebacker Terrell Suggs pleaded not guilty Friday to two misdemeanor charges related to his one-car accident in Scottsdale, Ariz., last month.

Suggs, 33, was arrested on March 4 and ultimately charged with driving on a suspended license and failing to notify after striking a fixture following his accident near his offseason home.

Craig Penrod, Suggs’ attorney, made the not-guilty plea on Suggs' behalf Friday morning at Scottsdale Municipal Court. Penrod said he has filed a request for disclosure, but he wouldn’t comment further on the charges.

A pre-trial conference on the case is scheduled for May 16 at 2:30 p.m.

If Suggs is found guilty, he could face up to six months in jail, a $2,500 fine and three years of probation. However, these types of charges are traditionally handled with fines.

An NFL spokesman said earlier this week that there is nothing new regarding the league's investigation into the matter. The NFL reviews all player misconduct issues.   

Suggs told police who responded to a call about the one-car crash, that he had just walked across the street to call his cousin to give him a ride home, and he wasn't leaving the scene of an accident.

According to police, Suggs was not impaired on the night of the accident. Suggs told police that he had fallen asleep before his car struck the median.

A spokesperson for Suggs said last month that his license was suspended because of speeding tickets and he would rectify the situation.

Suggs, the longest tenured Raven and the franchise's all-time leader in sacks and forced fumbles, tore his Achilles tendon in the team’s 2015 regular-season opener against the Denver Broncos in September. It was the second time in four years Suggs sustained that injury.

Both Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome and coach John Harbaugh have said that Suggs is making good progress in his recovery and they are optimistic that he’ll be ready for the 2016 season.      

“Just texting with Terrell back and forth and talking to [head athletic trainer] Mark Smith, he seems to be on schedule,” Harbaugh said at the NFL owners meetings last week. “But I have not seen him. I’ve not done my own eyeball test yet. Terrell is going to work hard. He’s going to be ready.”

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