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Ndamukong Suh wonders if Pat McAfee will be fined for huge hit

Pat McAfee hit Trindon HollidayIndianapolis Colts punter Pat McAfee delivered one of the biggest hits of the weekend when he knocked Denver Broncos kick returner Trindon Holliday out of bounds with a huge tackle in the first quarter of Sunday’s game.

Holliday was racing up the sideline in the middle of a big return when McAfee closed on him and leveled the diminutive returner. Many noticed that McAfee led with his helmet when he laid the huge hit. Detroit Lions defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh was among those who pointed it out and wondered whether the league would fine the punter for the hit:

The league may have double standards — we know they go harder on repeat offenders — but it’s not like Suh hasn’t deserved his fines. Will McAfee receive a fine for the hit? We’ll see. Even though he made helmet-to-helmet contact, he didn’t lead with the crown of his helmet. But the last person who should be whining about fines is Suh, who is the dirtiest player in the league. His teammates have complained about him playing dirty in practice both in college and the pros. Nobody wants to hear it from you, Suh.

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Dominic Raiola: Ndamukong Suh is clean in practice

Ryan-Grant-Ndamukong-Suh-Suspension-AbsurdWe already knew Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh has a tendency to throw cheap shots during games. Over the weekend, word surfaced that he does the same to his own teammates during practice and that the Lions are becoming frustrated with him. Detroit center Dominic Raiola insists that report from FOX Sports’ Jay Glazer simply isn’t true.

“Well, tell me the guys (who said it),” Raiola said Tuesday, via Carlos Monarrez of the Detroit Free Press. “Those guys can be addressed because I’ve never seen it. I’ve been here with him since he was a rookie, since his first day on the practice field. And he practices hard like a professional, like how a pro should practice.”

To help make his point, Raiola pointed to the fact that Suh is a team captain.

“And I see no problem with the way he practices,” he continued. “I don’t think he’d be our captain right now if all that being said is true. I don’t think there’s one ounce of truth to that at all. It’s evident on Sunday the way he plays. He produces on Sunday and he makes a big difference.”

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For what it’s worth, Raiola has been known to rip his own teammates in the past. The Lions would be wise to avoid turning into the New York Jets of 2013. Last season, another anonymous teammate supposedly ripped Suh for costing the team by losing his cool. If reporters are making things up (and we don’t think they are), there’s little the Lions can do about it. If anonymous players really are bashing their teammates, they should probably knock it off.

Ndamukong Suh reportedly stomps on his teammates during practice

Ndamukong SuhDetroit Lions defensive tackle Ndmaukong Suh has a reputation for playing dirty on Sundays. Opponents have been critical of the former Nebraska star for taking cheap shots, one of which recently earned him a $100,000 fine from the league. From the sound of it, Suh doesn’t exactly tone it down during the week.

According to Jay Glazer of FOX Sports, Suh’s Lions teammates have recently expressed concern about whether he is capable of playing the game cleanly.

“Even in practice, Ndamukong gives guys the business,” Glazer said during FOX’s pregame show on Sunday, via Pro Football Talk. “He’ll slam a guy’s head against the ground. He’ll stomp on a guy. He’ll take little shots at guys. And guys are concerned if he can’t control himself even in practice with us, how can he control himself against someone else’s jersey?”

There’s no place in the game in general for kicking people in the groin or stomping guys while they’re down, but it’s even more alarming to hear that Suh allegedly does it to his own teammates. Suh was ripped by an anonymous teammate last season for losing his cool and not understanding what it takes to win. If what Glazer said is true, the issue extends well beyond that.

Coaches love to see players giving as much effort in practice as they do during games. From the sound of it, Suh’s so-called “effort” crosses the line.

Ndamukong Suh cleared in pellet gun investigation

Ndamukong SuhIn the same week that Ndamukong Suh was fined a record $100,000 for this dirty chop block, we learn that the aggressive Detroit Lions defensive lineman was cleared in a pellet gun investigation.

According to the Detroit Free Press, Birmingham police in Michigan cleared Suh after investigating a complaint from an Xfinity cable man who alleged that the Lions DL threatened him with a pellet gun.

The cable guy reportedly claimed he was working on a utility pole in Suh’s backyard when Suh threatened him with the gun. He supposedly claimed that Suh cursed at him while pointing the gun upward and asked him to leave the property.

Suh was interviewed at the team hotel prior to the Aug. 15 preseason game against the Cleveland Browns regarding the complaint. He cooperated with the investigation and said he only picked up the pellet gun because he thought he heard noises behind his home. Surveillance video from Suh’s home apparently corroborated his account of the situation, leading to him being cleared.

“At no time in the video did Mr. Suh point the pellet gun at Mr. Ferrell in a threatening manner,” the case report said, per the Free Press. “The video shows the pellet gun in Suh’s right hand pointing at the ground. After several minutes, Mr. Suh has it over his right shoulder, pointing away from Mr. Ferrell.”

Suh may have been cleared in this situation, but he is no stranger to problems. In addition to all his questionable conduct on the field, Suh was accused of sideswiping a driver and berating the driver last year. He also crashed his car in Dec. 2011 while driving recklessly and lied about it to protect his image.

Ndamukong Suh erases Detroit Lions touchdown with dumb penalty

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Ndamukong-Suh-illegal-bockNdamukong Suh was up to his old ways during his team’s Week 1 game against the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday, but fortunately for the Detroit Lions it did not cost them a victory. Detroit linebacker DeAndre Levy intercepted a tipped ball and ran it back for a touchdown in the first half. However, the play was called back thanks to an illegal block by Suh.

Suh dove at the legs of Vikings center John Sullivan, who had virtually no shot of catching Levy from behind, and chopped him to the ground. The play resulted in a personal foul and the touchdown was nullified. After the game, Minnesota defensive end Jared Allen criticized Suh for the cheap shot.

“I got to know Suh at the Pro Bowl last year and he’s a good dude,” Allen said, via the Detroit Free Press. “But that’s uncalled for. It really is. This is a fraternity. In the NFL, you try and take care of guys. Granted, things happen and guys are going to make hits and some things are going to be borderline. But you can’t take a dude’s legs out from behind on an interception when he’s running down the field. To me, there’s just no room for that.”

Naturally, Suh claimed he was not going for Sullivan’s knees but instead trying to make a clean play.

“By any means I’m not going for his knees,” Suh said. “He knows that. We had a great conversation running out at halftime. And he understood. My aim was his waist to cut him off.”

And with that, Suh could very well already be facing his first fine of the 2013 season. This is the same guy who has blatantly stomped on an opposing offensive lineman, allegedly taunted Matt Ryan after he got hurt and kicked Matt Schaub in the groin. He hasn’t exactly earned the benefit of the doubt.

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Ndamukong Suh reportedly saved comedian Louie Anderson from a pool

Many Detroit Lions fans and several players have expressed concern over Ndamukong Suh appearing on the reality TV show “Celebrity Diving.” There is certainly some danger involved when a 300-pound man plunges into a pool from a high dive, but comedian Louie Anderson must be happy Suh took the risk.

According to TMZ, Anderson (another contestant on the show) was practicing his dives last week when he became exhausted and nearly sank to the bottom of the pool. He reportedly fell off the ladder and into the water several times before being lifted out of the pool and rescued by Suh and diving legend Greg Louganis.

Anderson’s rep said that he is “feeling great” and going to be fine, despite the fact that he reportedly coughed up water for several seconds after being pulled from the pool. Naturally, Suh was the one who lifted him from the water. TMZ has some photos of the alleged incident here.

The Lions defensive tackle may have a reputation for playing dirty because of incidents like this, but it sounds like he was involved with a different kind of extracurricular activity on the set of “Celebrity Diving.” The city of Detroit is worried that Suh is putting himself at risk by participating, but the contestants must enjoy having an NFL lineman on hand to rescue them from fatigue.

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Ndamukong Suh responds to Warren Sapp: Teach me how to be better

Ndamukong Suh is used to hearing criticism from the fans and media for his style of play. That is all part of the nature of playing in the NFL, as is being ripped by analysts and former players. Warren Sapp is one former player that was recently hard on the Detroit Lions defensive tackle, saying he is wasting his talent. Rather than criticizing him, Suh feels as though Sapp should be mentoring him.

“I don’t know what’s exactly going on in [Sapp's] head,” Suh told CBSSports.com’s John Kreger. “To me, you can be a fan and just criticize me, or you can be a great person — somebody who can be a legend and who can possibly be in the Hall of Fame — and teach me something. Show me what you think I’m doing incorrectly. Or just continue as a fan, somebody who just wants to criticize me.”

Unlike most of Suh’s critics, Sapp didn’t only focus on cheap shots like this one and this one when ripping the third-year tackle out of Nebraska. The problem he has with Suh had more to do with his inability to anticipate what offenses are doing and his tendency to focus too much on rushing the passer. Suh acknowledged that there are plenty of things he can do better on the field.

“I understand what people are trying to do against me, I can anticipate things better,” he said. “I feel like I haven’t done enough to really help us blossom into wins. Playing well, it’s not enough. I can still do more. There are better things that I could do to make other guys around me better.”

Warren Sapp, the mentor? Sapp is certainly one of the best defensive tackles to ever play the game, but for some reason that just doesn’t have a ring to it.

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