Suh defends playing style

Associated Press / August 30, 2011

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ALLEN PARK, Mich. - Ndamukong Suh is answering questions again about his style of play. The Detroit Lions defensive end hasn’t been asked by the one person who concerns him.

“I’ll consider myself a dirty player when my mom calls me a dirty player,’’ he said yesterday.

Suh is back in the spotlight after an incident with Patriots guard Logan Mankins during a post-whistle scuffle in Detroit’s 34-10 exhibtion win Saturday night.

Suh pointed out that an official saw the entire play and that they had discussed Suh’s attempt to get Mankins away from the Lions’ Lawrence Jackson. Suh was not called for a penalty, while Mankins received a personal foul for grabbing Jackson’s face mask.

“I don’t regret it at all,’’ Suh said. “What I find funny about the situation is that I wasn’t the one called for the 15-yard face-mask penalty, and I also didn’t know you could get fined for defending a teammate.’’

Lions coach Jim Schwartz saw no problems with Suh’s play.

“He was trying to get someone off one of his teammate’s face mask,’’ Schwartz said. “He didn’t get a flag and the other guy got a flag.’’

Suh might see himself as a peacemaker when it comes to his teammates, but his motives are totally different when it comes to opposing quarterbacks.

“Last year, we earned respect, but this year we want fear,’’ Suh told a CBS Sports reporter during Saturday’s broadcast. “We want quarterbacks to fear us, and we want offensive lines to fear us.’’

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