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Suh: I'm not a dirty player

Lions second-year defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh is once again addressing questions about whether he’s a dirty player. After he got into a scuffle with Patriots guard Logan Mankins during Saturday night’s preseason game in Detroit, Suh was on the defensive about whether his style of play crosses the line.

He insists it doesn’t.

“I’ll consider myself a dirty player when my mom calls me a dirty player,” he told reporters yesterday.

Suh got into it with Mankins after the Patriots’ guard was called for a personal foul for grabbing the facemask of Lions defender Lawrence Jackson. Suh wasn’t called for a penalty, but the incident is under review with the league office.

“I don't regret it at all,” Suh said. “What I find funny about the situation is that I wasn't the one called for the 15-yard face-mask penalty, and I also didn't know you could get fined for defending a teammate.” Suh said he had a “great talk about the play with the referee who was right there … He said in the future, I should let them handle those situations, but that he understood exactly what I was trying to do.”

Lions coach Jim Schwartz defended his prized defensive tackle.

“He was trying to get someone off one of his teammate's face mask,” Schwartz said. “He didn't get a flag and the other guy got a flag.”

Suh, last year’s NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year, was fined $20,000 earlier this preseason after throwing Bengals rookie quarterback Andy Dalton to the ground. He was fined twice last year for hits on quarterbacks Jay Cutler and Jake Delhomme.


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