NFL exec: 'Everything on table' when reviewing Suh
By Ed Werder
NFL executive vice president of football operations Ray Anderson on Friday told ESPN that every form of discipline will be considered against Detriot Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh if next week's planned review of Suh's kick to the groin of Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub determines that he made the contact deliberately. Seifert: Intentional Kick?
It's difficult to tell whether Ndamukong Suh intentionally kicked Matt Schaub on Thursday, but given his past actions, it's fair to at least question the Lions' defensive tackle, writes Kevin Seifert. Blog
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"When you consider the history, everything is on the table," Anderson said. Anderson watched Thursday's Lions-Texans game in the NFL command center at the league offices in New York and said his initial reaction after seeing the play live and from various network television replay angles was that "it didn't look good." Last year, Suh was ejected from the Lions' Thanksgiving Day loss to the Green Bay Packers and was suspended two weeks after he stomped on the arm of offensive lineman Evan Dietrich-Smith. Suh said that play wasn't intentional, but the NFL thought it was malicious enough to give him a two-game suspension. The NFL follows a system of escalating punishment, which is the reason Anderson said Suh could be subjected to severe punishment. "Repeat offenders are going to run out of benefit of the doubt faster than someone who is a first-time offender," Anderson said. "If I were a judge in the courtroom, and you're in for a third-time DUI, I'm going to look at that differently than if this is your first DUI -- even if you didn't maim anybody."
But Anderson did not want to pre-judge Suh's latest incident, preferring a critical review involving more replay angles that also will be critically examined by league executives Merton Hanks, Ronnie Hill and Joel Bussert, who are routinely involved in determining whether players should be disciplined. Suh left the locker room before reporters were allowed in after Thursday's game, and Schaub was in no mood to talk about the play. "I really don't have anything to say about that play or that person," he said following the Texans' 34-31 overtime victory. The kick, intentional or not, happened with 6:49 to play in the first quarter after Suh split right guard Ben Jones and right tackle Derek Newton on a pass rush. Newton spun Suh to the ground as Schaub threw a pass short to wide-open tight end Owen Daniels. Suh landed face-first with his left leg in the air and extended his foot into Schaub's midsection as the QB fell to the ground. Suh wasn't flagged on the play. Lions coach Jim Schwartz said he didn't see the play as it happened but said he'd "be very surprised if it was anything other than just the natural course of the game."
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|Intentional or not, Ndamukong Suh's foot to the groin area of Matt Schaub on Thursday left the Texans' QB in pain. |
Boot him for the rest of the season while Merton Hanks does the chicken dance around him.
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Doubt the ban him.... but suspending him at least a game is in order
Actually, it's not. All you have to do is watch the replay to see him turn his head to the left and then extend his foot into Schaub's crotch. Had he not extended his foot, it doesn't end up high balling Schaub and this isn't even an issue. Suh is beyond being given the benefit of the doubt at this point IMO.
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Conrad Dobler would be so proud.