Can Ndamukong Suh get through just one game without ticking off the opponent? Doesn’t look like it.
The Detroit Lions defensive tackle had a good game statistically in the 35-33 loss to Indianapolis on Sunday. He sacked Andrew Luck on the Colts’ first snap and finished with six tackles and six quarterback hits.
But the Colts weren’t happy when Suh laughed and celebrated with teammates after he knocked down Colts right tackle Winston Justice in the fourth quarter after Don Carey’s second interception. Justice was forced to leave the game with a concussion.
Here’s what Colts right guard Mike McGlynn told Bob Kravitz of the Indianapolis Star:
“Totally ignorant on their part. Just childish stuff. We’re all battling out there. I don’t know if the hit was legal or not, but clearly he was hurt and they’re out there dancing and pointing at him and laughing. Just blatant disrespect. They’re good players but there’s no room for that. It’s disgusting, really.
“If that had happened to one of their players we’re never do something like that. But that’s what makes this even sweeter. That’s why they lose. I hope they never win another game.’’
At the time of the play — there was 6:49 remaining — the Lions were ahead 33-21.
Obviously this isn’t sour grapes because the Colts were able to make a comeback and win.
Suh was on the field and couldn’t get to Luck when it really counted — on the fourth-and-10 when Luck found Donnie Avery for the game-winning touchdown.
There’s a reason Suh is the Sporting News’ defending two-time NFL dirtiest player of the year. It’s voted on by the players.
Even though the Lions are 4-8 and have obviously struggled all season, the defense regularly celebrates each big play a little too much. Fans notice, opponents notice and so do reporters.
The defense hasn’t finished off the last three games. Perhaps they should can the celebrating and show respect for their opponents until they prove they are worthy.
(Paula Pasche covers the Lions. Follow her on Twitter @PaulaPasche. Read her Lions Lowdown blog at oplions.blogspot.com.)