Suh: Ryan’s injury karma’ for Falcons
The Detroit defensive lineman said Monday that Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan’s brief injury Sunday against the Lions was “karma” and hinted that the Falcons have been guilty of dirty play.
Ryan tweaked a knee when offensive lineman Will Svitek stepped on his left ankle, but he came back in the game a short while later and helped Atlanta beat the Lions, 23-16.
“To me it’s karma for all the bad stuff they’ve done in the past,” Suh said. “Their offensive lineman hurt their own quarterback.”
Atlanta players told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution after that game that Suh and fellow defensive lineman Cliff Avril taunted Ryan while he was down.
“I had respect for Suh before the game,” center Todd 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.”
Wide receiver Roddy White said he lost
respect for both Suh and Avril.
Avril didn’t talk to reporters when Detroit’s locker room was open Monday, but Suh did.
“There’s many, many, many plays that I can go back to on film that I watched all week that their offensive line has done, that they’ve been coached to do, as far as I know,” Suh said. “It’s not anything that’s not been said. It’s not anything that’s new. Those are things that they’re taught to do.”
Suh wasn’t specific about what he was accusing Atlanta of, but Detroit linebacker Stephen Tulloch went into a bit more detail.
“If you watch the film, look across the Falcons’ offensive line,” Tulloch said. “They are late, cheap-shot guys who have been doing it ever since I’ve been playing against them, back when I was with Tennessee. They are chop-block guys. You watch the film and they are a real dirty team when it comes to the offensive line.”
Suh also defended himself against the accusations of taunting Ryan.
“At that particular time, when he’s on the ground, there’s nothing that I have to say to him,” Suh said.
Atlanta coach Mike Smith downplayed the controversy.
“There’s a lot of things said between the sidelines and know this: That was a physical, tough football game between two, I think very aggressive, teams—probably the most physical game that we’ve played to this point,” Smith said.