NFL roundup: Suh defends illegal block

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Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh faces discipline from the NFL for diving at Minnesota Vikings center John Sullivan's knees during Sunday's game, ESPN reported.

Suh was penalized 15 yards for an illegal block during an interception return by Lions linebacker DeAndre Levy, who scored an apparent touchdown that gave Detroit the lead. But the play was nullified because of Suh's illegal low block against Sullivan away from the play.

Suh insisted that he was only trying to make a block.

"I wasn't by any means going for his knees," Suh said after Detroit's 34-24 win. "He knows that. We had a great conversation running out at halftime, and he understood. My aim was his waist to cut him off."

Sullivan said he did not see Suh coming and that he was surprised he did not receive a serious injury on the play.

Vikings coach Leslie Frazier said he did not see the play but his players told him about it.

"Nobody thought that was a good play, and the fact they got a penalty because of it tells you it wasn't a good play," Frazier said. "You hate to see guys go low on players. You've seen the results of it, so it's not a good thing when it happens."

Vikings defensive end Jared Allen also objected to Suh's low block.

"(Suh) is a good dude, but that's uncalled for," Allen said. "This is a fraternity. In the NFL, you try to take care of guys. Things happen, and guys are going to make hits. But you can't take a dude's legs out from behind on an interception return down the field.

"He plays hard. I like his style of play. But if you end a guy's career like that, it's just uncalled for."

Suh was suspended two games in 2011 for stomping on Green Bay Packers offensive lineman Evan Dietrich-Smith's arm during a Thanksgiving Day game.

He also drew a fine when he kicked Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub in the groin during their game last Thanksgiving.

---The NFL admitted Monday that officials working the San Francisco 49ers-Green Bay Packers game at Candlestick Park made a second wrong call on a play involving Clay Matthews' late hit on Colin Kaepernick.

Officials erred when they called offsetting penalties and played the down over when 49ers center Joe Staley mixed it up with Matthews out of bounds after the play. League rules stipulate that offsetting dead-ball penalties do not result in replaying the down.

The NFL said Monday that Staley should not have been flagged on the play.

The controversial play occurred with 9:30 remaining in the first half. Matthews was penalized for hitting Kaepernick after the 49ers quarterback ran out of bounds, and Staley was then given an unnecessary roughness penalty for retaliating against Matthews on the sideline after the play. The 49ers were given a third-and-6 from the Packers' 10-yard line instead of a fourth-and-2 from the 6.

However, because Staley shouldn't have been flagged, the 49ers should have had a first-and-goal on the 3.

Regardless, Kaepernick threw a touchdown pass to Anquan Boldin on the next play to put San Francisco up 14-7.

The 49ers won the game 34-28.

---Geno Smith will have an opportunity to follow up his solid regular-season debut, with New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan announcing the rookie will start at quarterback Thursday night at the New England Patriots.

Smith completed 24 of 38 passes for 256 yards with one touchdown and one interception in Sunday's 18-17 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He was also the Jets' leading rusher with 47 yards on six carries.

There was little doubt he would get the start against the Patriots with Mark Sanchez set to see Dr. James Andrews this week to be evaluated for a partially torn labrum in his right shoulder. Sanchez also reportedly suffered a dislocated shoulder when he was injured during the preseason.

---X-rays taken on Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo came back negative and he is expected to play Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Romo was helped off the field and sat out the team's final offensive play of the first half of Sunday night's 36-31 win over the New York Giants when he was sandwiched by Giants defensive linemen Mathias Kiwanuka and Justin Trattou.

The Cowboys announced that Romo had the "wind knocked out of him" and he returned for the second half.

In other Cowboys' news, wide receiver Dez Bryant sustained a minor ankle/foot sprain Sunday night.

ESPNDallas.com reported Monday that X-rays on Bryant's foot came back negative and he has a minor sprain.

Also, Dallas owner Jerry Jones accused the New York Giants of faking injuries in an attempt to slow down his fast-paced team in the second quarter.

The Giants lost linebacker Dan Connor to a neck injury and Cullen Jenkins to an apparent shoulder injury on consecutive plays. Jones thought the Giants were simply trying to stall the Cowboys.

Connor, who had similar injuries last season with Dallas, did not return to the game. Jenkins jogged off the field and quickly returned.

---The New York Giants are trying out veteran running backs Brandon Jacobs, Willis McGahee and Joe McKnight after struggling against the Dallas Cowboys Sunday night.

David Wilson was benched after rushing for just 19 yards and losing two fumbles. As a whole, the Giants were mediocre on the ground with 50 yards on 14 carries.

Jacobs is a former Giant, while McGahee once starred for the Denver Broncos and McKnight was a disappointment for the New York Jets.

---Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blaine Gabbert was ruled out of Sunday's Week 2 game at Oakland with a lacerated throwing hand.

Chad Henne, who started six games for the Jaguars last season and has 27 career starts, is expected to get the call against the Raiders (0-1).

Gabbert required 15 stitches after cutting his throwing hand on a defender's helmet.

---The Pittsburgh Steelers will re-sign running back Johnathan Dwyer, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

The Steelers struggled Sunday in a 16-9 loss to the Tennessee Titans and lost running back LaRod Stephens-Howling for the season. Losing Pro Bowl center Maurkice Pouncey for the year with a torn ACL and MCL also hurts their running game.

Dwyer was cut by the Steelers late in training camp.

---New England Patriots running back Shane Vereen will have wrist surgery and will be out a few weeks, Fox Sports reported.

Vereen sustained a small bone break in his left wrist early in the Patriots' 23-21 win over the Buffalo Bills on Sunday. Despite the injury, Vereen rushed for a career-best 101 yards and caught seven passes for 58 yards.

---Buffalo Bills wide receiver Marquise Goodwin and cornerback Ron Brooks are out indefinitely with injuries.

Goodwin sustained a broken hand in the first half of Sunday's game against the New England Patriots and sat out the rest of the contest. He underwent surgery Monday. For now, he won't be placed on injured reserve, or short term IR.

Brooks has a broken foot and will undergo surgery on Tuesday. It is the same foot Brooks broke last year and missed the first seven games of the season. His status for the rest of the season is unknown.

---The Chicago Bears signed offensive tackle Jonathan Scott to a one-year contract, signed quarterback Jerrod Johnson to the practice squad, waived tight end Kyle Adams and terminated the practice squad contract of guard Derek Dennis.

Scott played 12 games with seven starts for Chicago last year, including five at right tackle and two as a sixth-eligible lineman.

---The Baltimore Ravens re-signed wide receiver Tandon Doss on Monday after they lost Jacoby Jones to an MCL sprain.

The Ravens had recently waived Doss. To make room for him, Baltimore released linebacker Robert James.

Jones is expected to be out four to six weeks. He was injured during last Thursday's loss to the Denver Broncos.
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