Mike Carter-US PRESSWIRE
Jim Schwartz says he agrees with the NFL's decision not to suspend defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, for what he calls an inadvertent kick.
Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz is in agreement with the NFL on their decision not to suspend his starting defensive tackle, Ndamukong Suh, according to the Detroit Free Press. The incident involved Suh throwing what is being referred to as an inadvertent kick at Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub's groin on Thursday.
Schwartz said that "there's nothing to address," with Suh, meaning that there will be no disciplinary action from the team itself. Obviously Suh has been talked to by the team in the past, given his prior suspension and myriad of penalties. But Schwartz is pleased with how things are going for Suh this season:
"Ndamukong, I think, has done an outstanding job of staying free of penalties this year. I think he's had one offside penalty the whole year. I think that's been very commendable on his part. And there's going to be a camera on him every single play. That's just life in the city when you're a player of his profile. And when that happens, there's going to be all kinds of things that people can interpret any way they want. I think that was one of those situations."
When talking about the play specifically, Schwartz mentions that Suh was getting taken down, and that he was looking in a different direction, and that is proof enough that the kick was inadvertent. Many players on the Texans felt that the kick was intentional, with Schaub going so far as to say he wouldn't want Suh on his team.
Suh has been fined at least four times in his first three NFL seasons. He was not flagged on the play.