Ndamukong 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.