Posted by Josh Katzowitz
After the Falcons stopped Detroit 23-16 on Sunday, word filtered from Atlanta’s locker room that Lions defensive linemen Ndamukong Suh and Cliff Avril taunted quarterback Matt Ryan after he appeared to suffer a serious ankle injury.
CBSSports.com’s Mike Freeman was on the case, writing, “Ryan said he didn't hear anything, but I find it difficult to believe the Falcons are making this up.” Especially after Roddy White told reporters, “I lost a whole lot of respect for 90 [Suh] today, and also 92 [ Avril], the [bleep] they were doing when Matt got hurt. That was unacceptable. … Like 92 was kicking [Ryan’s] feet, saying, ‘Get him off the field.’ We don’t do stuff like that. We don’t rally over guys when they get hurt. It was just inappropriate behavior. I mean, ‘Get the cart’? Are you serious? Come on. When you compete, you never want to see a guy get hurt.”
Avril responded on Twitter: “Come on I'm not in the business of hurting not one guy on the field... I would never taunt anyone on an injury... But if we want to talk about dirty players look at the film and see who prides themselves on being durty.”
It’s impossible to confirm the Falcons story by what happened in this clip, and the Lions so far have vigorously denied doing it. But Suh already had the reputation for being a dirty player, so it’s not completely shocking that somebody would allege this.
Luckily for Atlanta, it appears that Ryan is OK, and he helped the Falcons with the biggest comeback to a taunt of all: a victory.
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