Green Bay Packers guard Josh Sitton probably will not be invited to a Thanksgiving meal with the Detroit Lions any time soon after making inflammatory comments about Thursday's opponent.
Sitton took aim at the Lions' defensive line, the defensive coaching staff and Lions coach Jim Schwartz during a weekly radio appearance on WSSP 1250 AM in Milwaukee,
A question about Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers returning to play against the Lions sparked Sitton's rant. Rodgers sustained a broken collarbone on Nov. 4 and is not expected back this week despite returning to practice on Tuesday.
If Rodgers were to play, Sitton believes the Lions would try to take him out.
"Absolutely; I don't think there's any question about that," Sitton said. "They go after quarterbacks. Their entire defense takes cheap shots all the time. That's what they do. That's who they are. They're a bunch of dirtbags or scumbags. That's how they play, and that's how they're coached.
"It starts with their frickin' coach. It starts with the head coach, Schwartz. He's a d---, too. I wouldn't want to play for him. It starts with him, and their D-coordinator and their D-line coach. They're all just scumbags and so are the D-line."
There is some recent history of bad blood between the NFC North rivals. Two years ago, Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh was ejected from the game after he stomped on Packers offensive lineman Evan Dietrich-Smith.
Sitton says it's imperative for the Packers' offensive line to take control against the Lions, who have a reputation for rough play mostly because of Suh but do not have a personal foul penalty this season.
"It's all about attitude, man, you take it to them before they can take it to you," he said. "We have to set the tone of the game as the offensive line. We've got to establish the line of scrimmage and establish that tempo and the attitude early in the game. We have to be the ones that are in charge and not let them take charge."