Suh to have surgery, out of Pro Bowl; Peterson will not return
ALLEN PARK -- Lions rookie defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh will undergo shoulder surgery on Monday which will keep him out of the Pro Bowl. General manager Martin Mayhew made the announcement early Wednesday evening.
Mayhew would not give any specifics on when the shoulder was injured or even which shoulder.
Suh, who had 10 sacks this season, had been voted as a starter to the Pro Bowl along with wide receiver Calvin Johnson. He will still attend the Pro Bowl to support Johnson.
“My thinking (on surgery) was just to make sure I was 100-percent healthy going into the off-season program and to be ready for March and so forth,” Suh said. “I truly wanted to play in the Pro Bowl, which is a great honor and opportunity.
“It came down to making a decision to play in the Pro Bowl or to have surgery as soon as possible and begin rehab in order to help my team next year achieve our goals of getting into the playoffs and competing for a championship. The organization and I opted to have the surgery now and not wait. I will always put my team first,’’ he added.
Suh is one of several Lions to undergo offseason surgery. Cornerback Chris Houston will also have shoulder surgery, while safety Louis Delmas and linebacker DeAndre Levy will both have groin surgery.
Mayhew also confirmed that linebacker Julian Peterson will not return.
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