During the Detroit Lions' 23-16 loss to the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday, Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan had his foot stepped on by a teammate, causing his ankle to bend in ways ankles should not bend. He had to go to the locker room for treatment, but returned after missing only two plays on offense.â†µ
After the game, Falcons players were not too fond of a couple Lions defensive players for allegedly treating an injured Matt Ryan like he was road kill [via AJC]:â†µ
... when Ryan was down, wreathing in pain, Lions defensive linemen Ndamukong Suh and Cliff Avril taunted him, according to the Falcons.â†µ
"I had respect for Suh before the game," McClure said. "But when Matt was on the ground, the things he was saying and the trash he was talking was definitely uncalled for. There are certain things you don’t do. [He said], ‘Get the cart’ and several other things that I can’t repeat."â†µ
Roddy White said, "I lost a whole lot of respect for 90 [Suh] today, and also 92 [Cliff 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."â†µ
Hmmm. "Get the cart" isn't bad at all, so if the Falcons players "can't repeat" what Suh and Avril said because it was "unacceptable" or whatever, that doesn't sound like a very fair thing to so loosely divulge to the media.â†µ
UPDATE: As for the serious accusation that Avril was "kicking Ryan's feet" while he was on the ground injured? Whelp, we've checked the video and that's simply not true.