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Jets' Colon ready to battle 'menace' Suh

New York Jets guard Willie Colon (66) prior

New York Jets guard Willie Colon (66) prior to the first half of the Oakland Raiders at New York Jets game at MetLife Stadium on Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014. Credit: Lee S. Weissman

Willie Colon, the Jets' mean-looking right guard, never has shied away from confrontation.

So don't expect anything different Sunday.

Tempers are sure to collide when Colon and the Jets take on defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh and the Lions.

The always-aggressive Suh has garnered a reputation for being a dirty player. And the often-penalized Colon has been known to let his emotions get the best of him. And because of that, Colon knows it's going to be "a war."

"I'll never back down from a fight," said the New York-born Hofstra alum, who rides around in a Yankees-themed tricked-out truck with 40-inch tires and the words "Bronx Bully" displayed on the rims.

"I'm pretty sure he's the same way. We'll handle all that Sunday."

Suh was fined a total of $139,375 for three separate penalties last season: $100,000 for a low block on Vikings center John Sullivan in Week 1, $31,500 for a hit on Cleveland quarterback Brandon Weeden in Week 6 and $7,875 for making a throat-slashing gesture against the Buccaneers in Week 12.

His most eye-popping penalty occurred during the Lions' 2011 Thanksgiving game, when he stomped on Packers offensive lineman Evan Dietrich-Smith. Suh was suspended for two games.

But the Jets offensive linemen had nothing but positive things to say about Suh, who has played in three Pro Bowls and twice been named to the All-Pro first team.

"He's a menace," said Colon, who faced the Lions once before as a member of the Steelers. "I've played against him. I know the type of power he has. It's going to be a war."

Colon and right tackle Breno Giacomini are known as the "Bash Brothers" by their linemates because of their physical play -- and their willingness to go the extra mile to protect a teammate on the field. But Giacomini said before every game, and during practice, the offensive linemen remind one another to "play smart."

The same will be true Saturday night during team meetings.

"It's going to be a good battle, man," Giacomini said. "Going up against a defense like this, this is what we want 'cause it's going to make us better."

Thanks to their defensive line, the Lions (2-1) have the No. 1 overall defense (fewest yards per game) in the NFL -- one spot ahead of the Jets (1-2). That led Colon to acknowledge this will be the toughest challenge for his offensive line.

Nick Fairley joins Suh to form a formidable defensive tackle duo for the Lions, and Jason Jones and Ziggy Ansah can create problems from their defensive end spots. But as good as Detroit's front four is, Giacomini made sure to turn the focus back on the Jets.

"We do respect that they have a lot of pass rushers. They have some noted players inside, and we recognize that," Giacomini said. "But once again, it's not about them. It's about what we do. If we beat them to the technique, we win. We'll see what happens. But we do respect that they have a good front seven."

When reminded that Suh is known for being chippy, Giacomini just smiled and said: "Yeah, that's all right. That's all right."

So can the "Bash Brothers" keep their cool against Suh?

Giacomini laughed.

"Well, we respect him. That's one. He's a really good player. Stuff like that always happens," he said. "We just have to play smart. And I learned that the hard way because I would want to get that extra hit in. But that's not the way to do things anymore. I learned that quickly. We don't want to be known as dirty players. And we'll see. They have a really good defense, so maybe if he talks a little bit, he backs it up. So that's not a bad thing."

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