Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh has at least one supporter not within the organization when it comes to talk of his "dirty" play: Indianapolis Colts interim head coach Bruce Arians. Asked about Suh's reputation as a dirty player, Arians told the Free Press during a conference call:
"No, I don't buy into that stuff. He plays football the way the game's supposed to be played."
Suh has been penalized often, fined and suspended in his short time in the NFL. Many have argued against his disciplinary punishments, but few have said he's a clean player specifically. Most recently, Suh was dealing with the controversy stemming from the Thanksgiving game against the Houston Texans, in which he kicked quarterback Matt Schaub in the groin.
The league decided not to suspend Suh for the incident, saying that the kick seemed inadvertent and that it's hard to judge intent. However, it did fine him $30,000. Arians agrees with the league, saying how hard it is to judge intent, and that Suh was looking the other direction. Then again, maybe it's just because the Colts and Texans are rivals.