*Without a doubt, Ndamukong Suh is a tough athlete who cares not for sympathy and a low tolerance for disrespect. But his moral compass and short temper may cost his team the playoffs.
The Detroit Lions’ all-pro defensive tackle was suspended Tuesday for two games five days after he stepped on Green Bay Packers guard Evan Dietrich-Smith on Thanksgiving Day. Prior to the stomp, Suh also shoved Dietrich-Smith’s head into the Ford Field turf. Suh suspension could possibly keep the Lions from reaching the playoffs … again for the 13th year in a row.
“I really have to fault the Detroit organization,” NBC Sunday Night Football analyst and Super Bowl winning coach Tony Dungy said on Monday’s Dan Patrick radio show. “I think they really could have stopped this. I think they could have made a preemptive strike and said, “Hey, we’ve got to get this player under control.'”
The incident occurred during the third quarter of the game when Suh got into a bit of a scuffle with Packers’ Dietrich-Smith. It looked like he was holding Suh down. In his defense, Suh returned the favor and smashed his opponent’s head into the grass. After the whistle was blown to stop the play, Suh was pulled off Dietrich-Smith but had to get his last word, er, stomp in.
He believes he’s done nothing wrong.
“First and foremost, I’m only going to apologize to my teammates, my coaches, and my true fans for allowing the refs to have an opportunity to take me out of this game,” Suh said. “What I did was remove myself from the situation in the best way I felt and me being held down in the situation that I was in and for that, my intentions were not to kick anybody, as I did not, removing myself.”
If Suh appeals and the suspension is stayed, the Lions could certainly use him heading into their Sunday night date with the Saints in New Orleans. Losers of four of six since a 5-0 start, Detroit is in a heated race for an NFC wild-card berth and seeks its first postseason trip since 1999.
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