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Video: Suh kicks again on Thanksgiving Day

Doug Farrar
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It's apparently become a tradition right up there with the Detroit Lions playing on Thanksgiving Day — Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh involved in a controversial play that will have those in the Anti-Suh group claiming that the second overall pick in 2010 just doesn't know how to play the game cleanly.

Last year, Suh stomped on Green Bay Packers guard Evan-Dietrich-Smith after the play was over, earning him an ejection from the game. This time, Suh was pulled to the ground by right guard Derek Newton in the first quarter, and while he was going to the ground, seemed to extend his leg and kicked Texans quarterback Matt Schaub in a rather sensitive area. This time, Suh wasn't ejected — in fact, he wasn't even penalized.

"You know, I really don't have anything to say about that play or that person," Schaub said after the game, a 34-31 overtime win for his team. "You know, we're just proud of our guys in that locker room for sticking with it. We played a lot of football in the last four days and pulled out a victory."

This offense wasn't as egregious and intentional as the curb-stomp on Dietrich-Smith, but given Suh's history, it will be questioned, and the NFL will certainly get involved.

Suh will claim that it was unintentional, but he'll have a hard time convincing those who know how he plays the game.

"This is supposed to be a brotherhood," CBS analyst Boomer Esiason said at halftime. "You're supposed to have respect for one another. Bruce Smith, I could always shake his hand. Reggie White, I could always shake his hand after a game. I would never shake this guy's hand because, once again, he has crossed over a line, and it's obvious that it was on purpose."

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