Last week's game between the Detroit Lions and New England Patriots already had some dramatic subtext with Shaun Hill's accusation that the Patriots were trying to break his arm on a quarterback sneak play. But you may also remember that tensions flared toward the end of the game, after New England scored its final touchdown. Much pushing and shoving ensued, as it appeared the Lions may have been upset about the Patriots adding to their scoring total.â†µ
At the time, it was believed Ndamukong Suh caused the melee when he knocked down his blocker on the ensuing extra point attempt, which apparently rubbed some Patriots players the wrong way. Suh was later flagged for an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty when he began fighting.
Louis Delmas and DeAndre Levy also received unsportsmanlike and personal foul penalties because of the scrum. And the Patriots allege that Levy was to blame for the fight breaking out for a late hit on Tom Brady.â†µ
All of the fighting that occurred at the end of the Pats-Lions game can be attributed to Detroit linebacker DeAndre Levy. After Brady's quarterback sneak, Levy fell very late on Brady on the pile, and he threw a solid elbow into Brady's helmet. Obviously, the officials didn’t see it, but that is a fineable offense if the league office gets the video.â†µ
Presumably, the question now becomes whether or not the NFL will watch the video and decide Levy deserves a fine for a late hit or blow to Brady's head. (On Tuesday, the league nailed the Pittsburgh Steelers' James Harrison for his hit on Buffalo Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick.) Or maybe the league will decide that it somehow evens out, given what Hill says the Patriots tried to do with his arm. Perhaps video evidence will make the difference.â†µ
(via the Freep's Dave Birkett on Twitter)