Lions' Suh fined $30,000; says kick not on purpose

Associated Press Modified: November 28, 2012 at 6:47 pm •  Published: November 28, 2012
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"Don't really care," Schaub said.

Cutler did choose to chime in on the 6-foot-4, 307-pound Suh, who has ferociously knocked him down multiple times and once finished off a tackle by twisting and ripping his helmet off.

"It seems like he's always in this predicament every five, six, seven games," Cutler said. "You have to be aware of him when he's playing football. He's a tough competitor. He plays hard.

"Sometimes, he goes overboard."

Delhomme agreed.

In a preseason game two years ago, Suh grabbed Delhomme's face mask, twisted it, wrapped his arms around his helmet and slammed him to the ground.

"What he did to me as a rookie and how he hit Cutler hard earlier this year were just aggressive plays," Delhomme told The Associated Press in a telephone interview, adding that he's likely going to stay retired in Louisiana. "But there's no place in the game for kicking Schaubie like he did or stomping that guy last year on Thanksgiving."

Hall of Famer Mean Joe Greene, who was also regarded as a nasty player in the NFL, told the AP last year that he hoped Suh's reputation wouldn't be tarnished forever for what he did last Thanksgiving.

Greene said then that he wanted to talk to Suh about their shared experiences as interior defensive linemen, and they have connected.

"I spoke to him," Suh said softly before answering a slew of questions from reporters following Wednesday's practice.

Lions defensive end Lawrence Jackson probably talks to Suh more than anyone else and said his close friend is misunderstood.

"I've heard people call him self-centered and arrogant, but if you take the time to get to know him, you'll see a different side of him and find out that he's a cool guy," Jackson said. "People are going to have perceptions of him because of the way he came into the league with some aggressive plays that nobody saw before.

"But look at a guy like Brodrick Bunkley. He kicked a guy in the head and we don't hear much about that."

The NFL hasn't suspended Bunkley, a New Orleans defensive tackle, for his boot to the back of San Francisco lineman Alex Boone's helmet in the final minutes of a game Sunday.

Since Suh broke into the league in 2010, when he was the only rookie on the All-Pro team, he leads all defensive linemen with nine personal fouls and is tied for fifth with 19 penalties, according to STATS LLC.

He drew most of those flags in his first two years. His only infraction this season has been one encroachment penalty.

The Lions have already lost more games this year than they did in 2011, and for a second straight season, Suh is falling short of his production as a rookie.

When Detroit was winning or Suh was racking up sacks, he was regarded as a talent. Now that the Lions are losing and he's struggling statistically, Suh's rep compounds his problems.

So what's he thinking?

"I can't really fish into that," he said. "Too much energy to even look at it and digest all that."

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AP Sports Writers Andrew Seligman in Lake Forest, Ill.; Tom Withers in Berea, Ohio; Kristie Rieken and Chris Duncan in Houston contributed to this story.

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