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NFL confirms Ndamukong Suh block was legal

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Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh will not be fined for a hit on Colts offensive lineman Winston Justice that caused a concussion on Sunday.

The NFL has reviewed the play and determined that Suh delivered a legal block to Justice after a Detroit interception, ESPN’s Ed Werder reports. The NFL’s decision is no surprise, as there were no flags on the play and nothing out of the ordinary about Suh’s block.

The Colts complained after Sunday’s win that Suh got up and celebrated after laying the block on Justice, with Colts players saying the Lions are classless losers. The Lions say Suh was celebrating his teammate’s interception, not his opponent’s concussion.

As is often the case, extracurricular activities are overshadowing Suh’s actual play on the field. And on Sunday, Suh’s play on the field was very good for most of the game: He sacked Andrew Luck on the Colts’ first offensive play, hit Luck as he was passing five times, twice tackled Colts running backs for losses and was a major disruptive force in the middle of the line throughout. Unfortunately for Detroit, the Lions fell apart late in the game, with the offense settling for punts on its final two drives and the defense allowing Luck to engineer two touchdown-scoring drives in the final three minutes, leading to a 35-33 Colts win.

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44 Responses to “NFL confirms Ndamukong Suh block was legal”
  1. blackandbluedivision says: Dec 4, 2012 12:50 PM

    The Colts complained after Sunday’s win that Suh got up and celebrated after laying the block on Justice, with Colts players saying the Lions are classless losers.
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    I’ve been saying that for years. No one wants to her it. They’re too blinded by Megatron.

  2. Just a Fan says: Dec 4, 2012 12:57 PM

    Wow!!! What shocker……a somewhat positive spin on the Lions?

  3. eastsideballa says: Dec 4, 2012 12:58 PM

    Suh>Chuck Norris

  4. huhsj says: Dec 4, 2012 12:58 PM

    This isn’t extracurriculars overshadowing his play. This is people creating things to overshadow his play. He makes enough mistakes people don’t need to make things up like this.

  5. detroitsports1234 says: Dec 4, 2012 12:58 PM

    He’s had one penalty this entire year and it was a false start. He is not a dirty payer and that’s a FACT!

  6. thestrategyexpert says: Dec 4, 2012 1:04 PM

    When our defense can step up and play well and treat good plays as routine as something special that is not likely to happen again, then maybe they can make big plays on a regular basis. Until then it’s not good to be celebrating and getting all excited about one good defensive play in a game that you didn’t even win in a season you aren’t even making the playoffs, so that’s not a good excuse. But it’s better than having people think he was celebrating an injury.

    Either way it’s not cool to see as a Lion fan, we want more professional demeanor and results, that’s all we care about here in Detroit.

  7. lionstigersandwingsohmy says: Dec 4, 2012 1:07 PM

    chirp chirp Where are the haters?

  8. thekiy says: Dec 4, 2012 1:10 PM

    Hey guess what? The media is making up a story again because Suh’s name is attached.

    Clean play, no evidence whatsoever that he taunted anyone. Get over it.

    Michael David Smith: This isn’t the media making up a story, this is the media reporting what the Colts said. Agree or disagree, if the Colts are accusing the Lions of celebrating a cheap shot, that’s a legitimate story for the media to cover.

  9. Nick says: Dec 4, 2012 1:11 PM

    Can someone give me the link to the PFT story on the WAS/NYG kick in the man-parts and stomp on a player on the ground that occurred last night after the Alfred Morris fumble?

    Oddly, I can’t seem to find it anywhere…

    Michael David Smith: You can’t find it because we’re terribly biased and we hate your team. Or maybe you can’t find it because your reading comprehension isn’t good: http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2012/12/03/post-fumble-scrum-could-have-resulted-in-ejections/

  10. dennisatunity says: Dec 4, 2012 1:13 PM

    A kick to the nuts…celebrating other players’ injuries…Since the NFL can’t or won’t sanction Suh’s play, I imagine the players from another team will at some point this season. More than likely a coordinated chop block will end his season and perhaps his career. I don’t want to wish harm to anybody but for Suh I would make an exception.

  11. tokyosandblaster says: Dec 4, 2012 1:18 PM

    Wow. MDS is angry.

    At least he doesn’t stomp people like Suh. Physically, anyway.

  12. baloneyjohn says: Dec 4, 2012 1:19 PM

    Hopefully, the players will take care of Sun.

  13. Nick says: Dec 4, 2012 1:19 PM

    It was a serious request.

    And not my team. You’re not defensive or anything…

    Michael David Smith: How were you not able to find it? It’s right there on the Redskins team page, on the Giants team page, in the rumor mill and easily accessible via the search box. This is also a serious request, if readers can’t find our content that’s a concern of mine, but I can’t imagine how you missed it.

  14. nflofficeadmin says: Dec 4, 2012 1:22 PM

    DAMN MDS went postal.

  15. nflofficeadmin says: Dec 4, 2012 1:25 PM

    I like it when the guys behind the curtain get a little heated, reminds us all that they are human too, not drones, and should be treated with respect. (But please don’t post on my posts and humiliate me the way you did poor Nick.

  16. ike1973 says: Dec 4, 2012 1:29 PM

    I love how MDS is replying to posts. Love it!

    I still say you have a hate on for the Lions ;-)

  17. awdavis72 says: Dec 4, 2012 1:29 PM

    Kick Suh out of the league!

  18. theboondoggles says: Dec 4, 2012 1:30 PM

    I’ll be interested to see if this story goes away now. Frankly, I’d like the NFL to review every public accusation thrown out there about any player and then share the results with the public.

    These kinds of accusations are happening too often and on too many teams for this to go unchecked. It hurts the starpower of guys like Suh, Jared Allen, Justin Smith, etc. which is bad for business.

  19. alwayslions76ers20 says: Dec 4, 2012 1:32 PM

    It seems people forgotten how Reggie White uses to club people or how Mean Joe used to pop eardrums. Football is/was dirty. People still love those players but give Suh crap for baby non sense. The league became soft. If a celebration of injury did happen, I know I would be in the middle defending my teammate instead of playing the crying games. I support Suh in many cases. I do think he needs a driver but his anger on field has been in between the whistles.

    I don’t hear stories of O-linemen taking cheap shots at the knees because it’s not apart of what the media is telling you.

    NFL become too soft. It seems like someone is crying dirty every week.

  20. izlez says: Dec 4, 2012 1:33 PM

    1. “The Colts'” and “Colts players”, should read: “a colts player”

    2. “extracurricular activities are overshadowing Suh’s actual play on the field” should read: “A made up incident that there is no video evidence of and several sources have altogether confirmed didn’t happen is overshadowing Suh’s play on the field”

  21. karlton3 says: Dec 4, 2012 1:36 PM

    The Colts players weren’t saying the hit was dirty, the Colts players were saying celebrating an injury is classless.

    Boy, Lions fans are defensive.

  22. theboondoggles says: Dec 4, 2012 1:39 PM

    dennisatunity says:
    Dec 4, 2012 1:13 PM
    A kick to the nuts…celebrating other players’ injuries…Since the NFL can’t or won’t sanction Suh’s play, I imagine the players from another team will at some point this season. More than likely a coordinated chop block will end his season and perhaps his career. I don’t want to wish harm to anybody but for Suh I would make an exception.

    _________________________________

    Dude, you’re talking about someone’s physical well being and professional career. Let’s dial it down a bit.

  23. keepingitrealdumb says: Dec 4, 2012 1:41 PM

    all you guys that defend suh by saying that he only had one penalty this year don’t seem to understand what ‘dirty player’ means. it doesn’t mean that if you get penalized a lot that you are a dirty player.

    he is called dirty because it is obvious to everyone watching the game and everyone playing the game that he is not just out to tackle the player .. he is out to put some hurt on that player.

    look at how he sacks QBs .. he is putting a lot of extra umph into the hit to inflict harm .. can’t you see that?

  24. lionsdraftguy says: Dec 4, 2012 1:41 PM

    That’s right, completely legal. So quit your crying everyone.

    Go lions!

  25. Nick says: Dec 4, 2012 1:42 PM

    Michael David Smith: How were you not able to find it? It’s right there on the Redskins team page, on the Giants team page, in the rumor mill and easily accessible via the search box. This is also a serious request, if readers can’t find our content that’s a concern of mine, but I can’t imagine how you missed it.
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    I see it on the team pages now. Honestly, I just never use those. Maybe I should have looked there, just didn’t really think about it since I don’t use these.

    I also (now) see it on rumor mill. I had scrolled through it before and did not see it before.

    I can see how my request can be read as sarcastic, especially given the amount of coverage Suh’s antics get compared to others, but people ask for links all the time in the comments and nobody goes nuts about it. You seem incredibly defensive about such an innocuous request.

    Michael David Smith: Fair enough. We frequently get such requests laced with sarcasm, as if to say, “PFT didn’t write about this other incident because of bias.” If yours was an honest request to find our story, then I appreciate you reading and apologize for the misunderstanding.

  26. bringbackwayne says: Dec 4, 2012 1:48 PM

    Do reporters actually “dig” a little into things anymore before they say it’s a story. Do they do their due diligence? Just because the Colts say it happened…… means it’s a story?

    The media’s obsession with Suh is a bit creepy.

  27. noeffinway says: Dec 4, 2012 1:48 PM

    keepingitrealdumb says: Dec 4, 2012 1:41 PM

    all you guys that defend suh by saying that he only had one penalty this year don’t seem to understand what ‘dirty player’ means. it doesn’t mean that if you get penalized a lot that you are a dirty player.

    he is called dirty because it is obvious to everyone watching the game and everyone playing the game that he is not just out to tackle the player .. he is out to put some hurt on that player.

    look at how he sacks QBs .. he is putting a lot of extra umph into the hit to inflict harm .. can’t you see that?
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    You’re a mommies only child aren’t you? Now go run and tell her the big boys are being mean again.

  28. ndrick731 says: Dec 4, 2012 1:49 PM

    If this jackass wasn’t playing in the national felons league he be wearing a number and be locked up 23 hours a day.

  29. cfballfan1 says: Dec 4, 2012 1:50 PM

    MDS-

    Turns out the media -made Kool-Aid isnt always sweet.

    Try keeping it real & not piling on just because the 4-letter network decrees it.

    People today can’t come to grips w/ a player of Suh’s raw power or intensity. Deacon Jones, Chuck Bednarik, any Raider defender from the1980’s, LT, Mike Singletary, Bill Romanowski, the list goes on & on.

    How quickly we forget the past

  30. mungman69 says: Dec 4, 2012 1:51 PM

    The guy can’t make a move without someone saying something. He’s a great player whom I would want on my team.

  31. 8to80texansblog says: Dec 4, 2012 1:58 PM

    Watt > Suh

    By a lot…

  32. wolfpack152 says: Dec 4, 2012 1:59 PM

    Detroitsports1234 writes : He’s had one penalty this entire year and it was a false start. He is not a dirty payer and that’s a FACT!

    ________________________________

    Uhh – might want to learn the game a bit, unless Suh lined up on the offensive line “refrigerator Perry style” he could not have caused a false start. Perhaps you meant nuetral zone infraction or offsides.

    Another thing: the word dirty is an adjective – meaning a subjective term people use to describe things based on their perception. Saying it is a FACT he is not dirty, is comesurate to me saying “Your wife is ugly, and that’s a FACT!” You would most likely disagree with this presumption. Your view on Suh is an opinion.

  33. wolfpack152 says: Dec 4, 2012 2:05 PM

    I also misspelled commensurate and neutral – That is an actual FACT!

  34. lks311 says: Dec 4, 2012 2:14 PM

    I think, at this point, even the players are looking for things to complain about on Suh.

    I hate that in this age of twitter, social media and immediate reaction the players have become such whiners. I think the players from the 80’s and earlier would say, “Shut up and play, you little P—-.”

  35. rickrock6661982 says: Dec 4, 2012 2:17 PM

    Too bad MDS don’t have the same anger towards Jared Allen after his cheapshot hit cost Lance Louis his season.

    But it’s easier for this website and others to continue the witchunt on Ndamukong Suh.

  36. dirtysouthironmen says: Dec 4, 2012 2:26 PM

    Has anyone even considered the Lions were celebrating the interception and not the block and subsequent injury? Tone is tough to interpret.

  37. essentialsausage says: Dec 4, 2012 2:27 PM

    Nothing will satisfy the Suh/Lions haters. They’re losing, people, you don’t have to hate the whole city of Detroit.

  38. WatchThis says: Dec 4, 2012 2:39 PM

    Lions may suck (despite their talent), but, man, just give us a break and let us get it out of our system over here.

    I wouldn’t be reading PFT if I didn’t like the quality.

  39. detroitordie says: Dec 4, 2012 2:49 PM

    If they win that game, Suh gets commended for having a monster game. You win and you’re high profile you get good stories. You lose and you’re not named Calvin, you get bad stories.

    We played to lose and lost in that 4th quarter. Calvin dropped a first down, Harris’s terrible punt, Florence gets beat deep. I dunno man… I think we’re point shaving.

    I’ve never seen a team give away so many wins in a season. Tennessee, Minn 1, GB, Houston, Indy….

  40. bestdigitalmarketingschoolsumd says: Dec 4, 2012 3:21 PM

    It’s football of course it was legal! Refs must be used to calling soccer games??

  41. easyeddie says: Dec 4, 2012 3:26 PM

    irtysouthironmen says: Dec 4, 2012 2:26 PM

    Has anyone even considered the Lions were celebrating the interception and not the block and subsequent injury? Tone is tough to interpret.
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    Again, no video/no proof.

  42. bmosh99 says: Dec 4, 2012 4:03 PM

    It’s sad how people including the media are so blinded by their hatred for this man that they run his name in the ground non-stop and make up dirt on him. Fortunately the tape doesn’t lie.

  43. kcjacob7 says: Dec 4, 2012 5:07 PM

    For God’s sake, please stop! The stomp and the kick were newsworthy, this is NOT. Shame on him for celebrating an interception.

  44. themagicman1223 says: Dec 5, 2012 2:05 PM

    Listen I’m not a fan of the Lions but stop creating stories about him when nothing happened.

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