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Suh: 'I made a mistake...and am moving past it'

Posted on: December 19, 2011 10:22 am
Suh redeemed himself in Oakland Sunday after serving a two-game suspension. (Getty Images)

By Ryan Wilson

Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh returned to the field against the Raiders Sunday after serving a two-game suspension for stomping on a Packers offensive lineman back on Thanksgiving day. Turns out, Suh has pretty good timing because he ended up blocking Sebastian Janikowski's game-winning field-goal attempt as time expired. (Granted, it was 65 yards -- and would've been a new NFL record -- but if anyone's going to make that kick it's Janikowski)

But after the game, Suh had more on his mind than that last play.

"I wanted to address this," he said, via Rapid Reporter John Kreger. "It's something that I've dealt with and am trying to move forward with. I have apologized about it, obviously on my Facebook page, but also after the game.

"I made a mistake. The biggest thing for me is that I've dealt with and am moving past it, and happy to be back on the field with my team. The biggest thing for me is just wanting to sincerely move forward from it. … I’ve spoken to [Packers lineman] Evan Dietrich-Smith, and I feel we’re on very good terms. He’s a great guy."

So maybe Suh's time away from the game gave him a chance to reflect on what he had done and where his career might be headed if he didn't reevaluate his after-the-whistle behavior. And who knows, maybe we'll be saying the same about Steelers linebacker James Harrison, who will miss Monday's night's game against the 49ers while serving a one-game suspension for a Week 14 helmet-to-helmet hit on Browns quarterback Colt McCoy.

For now, Suh is happy to be able to help his team win an important late-season game. He called the block a "great moment,"

"I put my hand up and it hit my thumb and I looked back and saw it twirling and that's when you see me run off and I take my helmet off," he said, via the Detroit Free Press. "I'm usually not that excited about things, but it's what you play the game for."

The Lions are now 9-5, the No. 6 seed in the NFC, and two games clear of the Seahawks, Bears, Giants and Cardinals with two games to go.

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Since: Aug 17, 2007
Posted on: December 19, 2011 11:49 am

Suh: 'I made a mistake...and am moving past it'

That's first thing to turning it around! He admitted his mistake and now will move past it!

He will be fine and he learned something from it!  

Since: Feb 14, 2008
Posted on: December 19, 2011 11:32 am

Suh: 'I made a mistake...and am moving past it'

Maybe he is trying to move past his dirty play but the NFL hasnt.  The next time he give another player an unkind glance, there will be another suspension for him.

Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: December 19, 2011 11:18 am

Suh: 'I made a mistake...and am moving past it'

Suh has been made out to be some sort of villian buy the NFLs new rules committee.

Robinson of the Vikings kicks Lang of the Packers very hard and a direct hit to his nuts....yet no suspension.  Suhs stomp did not even land.

When the Lions played the Saints big baby Rogers nailed Stafford with a late hit..nothing.   &nbs
p;   But id Suh or Harrison do anything the league is all over them.

Way too much inconsistancy in todays NFL.

Since: Jun 22, 2009
Posted on: December 19, 2011 11:16 am

Suh: 'I made a mistake...and am moving past it'

My bad.  I thought he was referring to his regret of the way he handled his traffic mishap in Oregon, where he told that married lady spending time with him that she didn't need medical attention.  Someday, he'll be great holding court in cell block C.  There are probably no repercussions for stomping on people in there, either.

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