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The National Football League will review a play in which Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh foot struck Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub in the groin.
The play in yesterday’s game in Detroit came one year after Suh stomped on the arm of a Green Bay Packers’ player in another Thanksgiving Day game. Suh apologized publicly for that hit and was suspended for two games.
Ray Anderson, the National Football League’s executive vice president, announced the review today on NFL.com. He said Suh’s prior transgressions will factor into potential discipline should the NFL deem it necessary.
“Certainly that will be one that will be reviewed after the weekend’s slate of games as part of normal course of action,” Anderson said, according to NFL.com. “It drew our attention.”
Roughly eight minutes into yesterday’s 34-31 Texans overtime victory, Suh fell to the ground and rolled over a Houston offensive lineman, his left foot making contact with Schaub’s groin. The quarterback was slow to get up but remained in the game.
“I don’t really have anything to say about that play or that person,” Schaub told reporters after the Texans improved to 10-1 for the season.
The 6-foot-4, 307-pound Suh had been fined three times by the NFL prior to last year’s Thanksgiving suspension and met with league Commissioner Roger Goodell in New York last year to discuss how to better play within the rules.
Suh left the postgame locker room yesterday before the media entered, according to NFL.com. He has 4 1/2 sacks and 20 tackles this season for Detroit (4-7).
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