Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh is a dirty player — that much has been established in his two-and-a-half years in the NFL. Suh has stomped on opponents, slammed quarterbacks to the ground and he was even voted the least-liked player in the league in a recent Forbes poll.
Now, there’s some debate as to whether Suh performed yet another dirty deed during his team’s game against the Houston Texans yesterday afternoon. It was a year ago, during the Lions’ last Thanksgiving game, that Suh was ejected for kicking an opponent (Packers guard Evan Dietrich-Smith). Though he wasn’t penalized or ejected yesterday, a replay of an incident that occurred between Suh and quarterback Matt Schaub seems to indicate that Suh was once again up to his old tricks.
As Suh was knocked down while pass-rushing Schaub, he appeared to intentionally throw his leg out as he went to the ground, making contact with Schaub’s groin area. The referees and commentators both judged the play to be unintentional at first glance, but a closer look at the replay suggests that Suh may have been aware of what he was doing.
Take a look for yourself and decide if you think it was a dirty play:
It might not matter if it was. Suh has developed a reputation for this kind of stuff and he’s not going to get the benefit of the doubt in the eyes of the public. What will really matter is whether he gets the benefit of the doubt in the eyes of NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. Suh has been suspended in the past for his on-field conduct and there’s a good chance he’s going to be getting a phone call from the big boss in the coming days.