The play happened in the fourth quarter, long after Roethlisberger tore the meniscus in his left knee (that injury will keep him out an estimated four-to-six weeks). Suh was being blocked, and he stuck his right leg out and kicked Roethlisberger in the quarterback’s right leg. It’s hard to judge intent, but the Steelers have filed a complaint and asked the NFL to look into the play, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported.
“I’m not sure what he was thinking,” Steelers guard David DeCastro told the Post-Gazette. “You’d have to ask him what he was thinking. I heard Ben saying ‘He kicked me,’ but I didn’t really see it until we watched the film.”
Suh’s history won’t help in how this play is perceived. During his Detroit Lions career Suh was fined nine times and suspended once (a suspension late in the 2014 season for stepping on Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was changed to a fine after appeal). Suh was suspended two games in 2011 for stomping on Packers center Evan Dietrich-Smith. There have been other incidents in which Suh appeared to do something dirty but the NFL determined Suh wasn’t guilty. The perception of Suh has led to increased scrutiny.
This could just be another accusation against Suh and the NFL will find he did nothing wrong. But Suh’s reputation won’t be helped by this latest play.
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