Often times when players are in the news it’s because of off the field shenanigans. Unfortunately for former Husker Ndamukong Suh most of the negative attention he receives is from on the field bone headed plays. Suh is facing disipline from the NFL after diving at the knees of Vikings Center John Sullivan during the interception return of fellow Lions linebacker DeAndre Levy in Sunday’s game. The fact Sullivan wasn’t hurt on the play won’t likely factor into whether or not Suh is fined.
“I wasn’t by any means going for his knees,” Suh said. “He knows that.”
Suh did have a positive impact on the game, helping to hold the Vikings to 105 yards rushing. Unfortunately his questionable play continues to be the story line.
Sullivan said, “that was bad.” In response to being questioned about the incident.
It doesn’t appear he’ll be suspended this time, but a fine is surely imminent. Suh was suspended two games in 2011 for stomping on the arm of an offensive lineman.
Former Husker and current Tampa Bay linebacker Lavonte David also made a poor decision on the field Sunday. It was the only poor play David would make on a day he recorded eight tackles, broke up a pair of passes, and nabbed an interception.
It was late in the fourth quarter with the Bucs leading 17-15, David chased Jets quarterback Geno Smtih towards the right sideline. As Smith stepped lightly out of bounds to end the play, David shoved him in the back drawing a flag for late-hit personal foul. It was just enough yardage to set the Jet’s up for a game winning field goal by kicker Nick Folk.
David’s teammate and fellow linebacker Mason Foster stated the general feelings of the Buccaneers players when he said, “he plays hard every single play, practice, game, whatever.” David knew he made a mistake and looked disgusted with himself on the sideline after the game.
Expect a quick rebound from both Suh and David after this week’s below average start.