Suh Incident Called ‘Ridiculous’

Detroit's controversial Ndamukong Suh stepped on Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. No flag was thrown but that doesn't mean the Packers weren't upset. (Benny Sieu/USA TODAY)

“Ridiculous.”

That was Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy’s reaction to Detroit’s Ndamukong Suh stepping on Rodgers’ injured leg during the fourth quarter of the Packers’ division-winning victory at Lambeau Field.

McCarthy admittedly didn’t see the incident, which came when a gimpy Rodgers converted a third-and-5 with a 15-yard completion to Jordy Nelson. However, people McCarthy “trusts” relayed what happened.

“There's no place for that,” McCarthy said. “That's where I'm at with it. I don't understand it, frankly.”

Rodgers, of course, did more than see what happened. After the completion, Suh took a step back and stepped on his leg, “close” to where he was injured. The question is whether it was intentional or if Suh was off-balance and took a step to right himself.

“He’ll probably say it was an accident, he was getting blocked into him,” Rodgers said. “That’s what (referee) Walt Anderson said. But we’ll see (after watching the film).”

Suh was not penalized; it will be interesting to see if the league comes down hard on Suh with a playoff game looming next week at Dallas. Suh, of course, has a nasty history with the Packers. In a game in 2011, he stomped on Evan Dietrich-Smith. He was thrown out of that game and suspended for the next two.

“I haven’t seen it but I’ve heard from a lot of people that it was not good,” said guard T.J. Lang. “Obviously, on the field, Aaron was upset about it. A little bit of history there. I don’t think it really deserved the benefit of the doubt.”

Like McCarthy, Lions coach Jim Caldwell didn’t see the play either but was briefed about what happened. He didn’t believe it was intentional.

Regardless, the Packers were ticked about what happened to their MVP-candidate quarterback. As was Rodgers, who shoved Suh as he walked away after the play.

“He’s a guy who obviously is a very good player and plays from the snap of the ball to the whistle,” Lang said. “Just try to match his effort and got into a shoving match and some words were exchanged. I’ve got to trust my quarterback and protect my guy when he says it felt like something unnecessary was going on. Not a lot of pretty words there.”

Suh did not speak to reporters after the game. Chances are, he’ll be answering some questions from the league in the coming days.

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