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Schwartz: Suh report 'just inflammatory'

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Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz vehemently denied a report that defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh is overly aggressive during practice. During Fox's pregame show Sunday, Jay Glazer reported that Suh's teammates have expressed concern about him being uncontrollable in practice.

"Even in practice, Ndamukong gives guys the business," Glazer said. "He'll slam a guy's head against the ground. He'll stomp on a guy. He'll take little shots at guys. And guys are concerned if he can't control himself even in practice with us, how can he control himself against someone else's jersey?"

Said Schwartz: "I can say, unequivocally, he has never slammed anybody's head to the ground or stomped on anybody. That's just inflammatory stuff that it gets headlines and it gets a reaction. I would bet that you guys (reporters) would've reported that long before a guy that's never been to one of our practices reports it."

Center Dominic Raiola, who butts heads with Suh as much as anybody, also said the report was bogus.

"I've never seen it," he told the Detroit Free Press. "I've been here with him since he was a rookie, since his first day on the practice field. And he practices hard like a professional, like how a pro should practice. And I see no problem with the way he practices. I don't think he'd be our captain right now if all that being said is true. I don't think there's one ounce of truth to that at all."
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