The ever-shrinking slate of Ndamukong Suh apologists have gotten pretty creative when it comes to making an excuse for his latest act of on-field misconduct.
Texans quarterback Matt Schaub took a dive, some say, because there’s no way the toe to the groin would have penetrated Schaub’s cup.
But here’s the thing. NFL players don’t wear them.
For the same reason many players won’t wear knee pads or thigh pads, cups make it harder to run as fast and move as quickly as they can. It’s a dynamic that former NFL lineman Tim Green explained in his excellent inside look at the NFL from 1996, The Dark Side of the Game.
So, basically, the only thing separating Suh’s toe from its target was a thin layer of gabardine. Or whatever it is they make those Nike pants out of.