Ndamukong Suh’s behavioral issues, the Detroit Lions insisted Monday, are limited solely to opponents and not to his own teammates.
Fox Sports reported Sunday that Suh, who was fined $100,000 last week for a low block against a Chicago Bears player and has been suspended and fined in the past, has gotten physical during in practice.
“I can say unequivocally he has never slammed anybody’s head to the ground or stomped on anybody,” Coach Jim Schwartz told reporters Monday (via Freep.com). “That’s just inflammatory stuff. It gets headlines and it gets reaction. But I would bet that you guys [Detroit media] would have reported that long before a guy that’s never been to one of our practices [Fox's Jay Glazer] reports it.”
Glazer had reported that Suh didn’t exhibit any more self-control in practice than he has shown in games, but it’s difficult to know what happens in practice because reporters are allowed to watch only the first 30 minutes. During that time, players are mostly stretching and doing position drills.
Next up for the Lions and Suh is a game Sunday against the Washington Redskins and Robert Griffin III.
“All I can tell you is you guys saw all our practices and unequivocally I think that’s off-base,” Schwartz said. “He’s done a very good job of in practice working around the quarterback. He had probably one time in all of training camp that he ended up in a power rush and put a lineman back into a quarterback, which is something we try to avoid as best we can. But he had one and that’s probably the least amount of all our defensive linemen.
“It’s a tough situation when you tell him to rush the passer but also don’t hit the quarterback, stay off of the quarterback. I think he’s done a very good job in practice of working through that and doing that. Like I said, I’ll just leave it to you guys. You saw them all.”