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Ndamukong Suh denies taunting Matt Ryan after Ryan went down with an ankle injury during Sunday's game between the Lions and Falcons. Not content with merely clearing his name, the defensive tackle suggested the quarterback's injury, which occurred when one of Ryan's teammates stepped on his ankle, was actually a form of "karma."
"I'm not even near their quarterback, so how am I going to trash-talk somebody that has a medical staff that's all around him?" Suh said today. "That's their own problem. If you look at that play, I didn't cause his quarterback to come down. (Lawrence Jackson), who was closest man to him, and Corey (Williams) didn't cause the player to go down. Myself and Cliff (Avril) were standing next to each other.
"If you look at it, to me, it's karma. For all the bad stuff they've done in the past, their offensive lineman hurt their own quarterback. So I'll leave it at that."
Suh didn't elaborate what "bad stuff" the Falcons have done in the past, but there's clearly no love lost between these two teams. Ryan denied hearing anyone talk trash or taunt him, but Falcons center Todd McClure and receiver Roddy White told reporters they did. White's post-game comments:
"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."
Avril took to Twitter after the game to clear his name, asking why the Falcons didn't react to any alleged taunting as it happened:
About this hole taunting thing... Now if a player sees his QB get kicked or sees someone talkin crazy to him why didn't anyone jump in???
I kno if someone jumped on our QB our oline wouldn't sit there then report after the game... Just sayin
The Detroit News posted video of Jim Schwartz and Suh talking about the accusations Monday:
Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford had a tough day on Sunday as his Lions lost to the Atlanta Falcons 23-16. Although Stafford finished with 183 yards and a touchdown, he ended the game on a down note as he suffered an injury to his right leg on the Lions final offensive series of the game.
Stafford will undergo an MRI on his right leg to determine if he suffered any knee or ankle damage on the hit. Stafford limped off the field after the play. While he might be fairly limited in practice this week, barring something unexpected, Stafford will likely be back on the field for the Lions matchup at the Denver Broncos next week. They follow that up with their bye week, which will give him some time to rest up the injuries.
Although the Lions are in the midst of a two-game slide, Stafford remains a solid fantasy option thanks to Calvin Johnson and Brandon Pettigrew. Losing Jahvid Best hurts that offense, but Stafford still has some great receiving weapons.
Matthew Stafford tweaked his right leg on the Detroit Lions' final possession of Sunday's loss to the Falcons, limping off the field after failing to convert on fourth-and-10. It was a bitter end to a dismal day in which Stafford posted season lows in completion percentage (46.9), passing yards (183) and passing touchdowns (one).
Neither the extent or exact nature of the injury was immediately known. He appeared to injure either his right knee, right ankle or both joints, but he refused to share with the media after the game exactly what area of his leg was hurting, according to Justin Rogers of MLive.com.
In any case, Stafford did reveal that he plans to undergo a precautionary X-ray, and Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk reports that he'll undergo an MRI. Stay tuned this week for more information as it becomes available.
For what it's worth, Stafford didn't seem overly concerned -- he insisted he would have tried to finish the game had Detroit regained possession before the clock ran out. "I was going to give it a try, give it a go," he said, according to MLive.com. "Unfortunately I didn't get a chance to, but yeah, I was going to give it a try."
Stafford has missed 19 games over the two and a half years he's been in the NFL, mostly due to injuries to his shoulders. His ability to stay healthy this season is one of the biggest reasons why the Lions opened with five straight wins, and the primary reason why Calvin Johnson leads the NFL with 10 touchdowns. Needless to say, Detroit's newfound status as one of the league's better teams hinges on his continued presence in the lineup.
Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford left Sunday's loss to the Atlanta Falcons in the waning seconds of the contest. He threw to Brandon Pettigrew on fourth down and was hit by Curtis Lofton on the play, limping toward the sideline shortly thereafter.
After the game, neither Stafford nor coach Jim Schwartz commented on the particular nature of the leg injury (via mlive.com):
"We're going to check him out," Schwartz said. "(We'll) look at his knee and his ankle. We'll see where he is this week."
Stafford, however, planned to attempt a return to the field had the Lions controlled the ball one more time. That might have sent deep chills down Lions fans' backs given the quarterback's long history of injuries. Stafford played just three games last year and 10 as a rookie in 2009.
The Lions visit the Denver Broncos on Oct. 29 and Stafford surely wants to play in that game.
Brandon Pettigrew came up with just four catches for 31 yards in the Detroit Lions' 23-16 loss to the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday afternoon. It was a down day for Pettigrew because quarterback Matthew Stafford also failed to put up big fantasy numbers. Calvin Johnson wound up with 115 of Stafford's 183 yards. Still, Pettigrew did receive six targets from Stafford, demonstrating that he is an option.
Pettigrew was averaging 53 receiving yards a game with 321 receiving yards on the season and 2 touchdowns through his first six games of the 2011 NFL season. Pettigrew's receiving yards per game is up nearly 15 yards per game from last season.
Pettigrew was ranked by Yahoo! as the 4th ranked tight end heading into Week 7 taking on the Atlanta Falcons.
For more on Pettigrew and his matchup with the Falcons, check out SB Nation's Falcons blog, The Falcoholic, and our Lions blog Pride of Detroit. For more on fantasy football, check out Fake Teams. Follow @sbnationfantasy on Twitter.
If you played Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones today in fantasy, you didn't get very many points. Jones didn't play as he's still nursing a hamstring injury.
Jones was enjoying a fine rookie campaign until he incurred a hamstring injury two week ago against the Green Bay Packers. He finished that game with one reception for 16 yards and then missed the team's victory over the Carolina Panthers. Before the Packers game, Jones had put together back-to-back games of 100-plus yards, 127 against the Seattle Seahawks and 115 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. While he had 25 receptions for 358 yards, Jones is still looking for a touchdown catch.
For more on Jones and this game, visit our Falcons blog The Falcoholic and our Lions blog Pride of Detroit. Follow all the action from Week 7 at SB Nation NFL, and get your fantasy questions answered on Twitter by @SBNationFantasy.
Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson once again had an excellent day to add to his excellent 2011 NFL season. Johnson ended the day with 5 receptions for 115 yards and a touchdown. Johnson's touchdown came on a 57-yard catch and run down the field, adding bonus points if your league gives you points for "explosive" plays. Either way, Johnson got your fantasy team a good amount of points.
The man nicknamed Megatron has been one of the finest fantasy options in 2011. He had nine touchdowns entering Week 7, four days of 100+ receiving yards, and four games of two touchdowns. And with Matthew Stafford still triggering a potent Lions passing game, Johnson should be among the NFL's most productive wide receivers for the near future.
For more on the Lions, check out Pride of Detroit. For more on fantasy football, check out Fake Teams and SB Nation's fantasy football hub, and follow @sbnationfantasy on Twitter for up-to-the-minute updates and advice.
Atlanta survived a battle with the Lions, and moved to 4-3 on the 2011 NFL season.
Calvin Johnson scored a 57-yard touchdown to start a Lions comeback against the Falcons.
For many watching the Atlanta Falcons versus the Detroit Lions, it looked like Falcons’ quarterback Matt Ryan’s day was over for sure, maybe even his season, when he went down with a knee injury in the third quarter. Ryan’s offensive tackle stepped on his foot, pushing the quarterback’s leg backwards. Ryan went down in pain, but did manage to limp off the field and into the locker room for further evaluation.
Apparently, everything checked out with Ryan because he was back on the field after one Atlanta defensive series, looking no worse for wear.
Ryan led the Falcons down the field on his returning drive. The highlight was a 49-yard deep pass to Harry Douglas, filling in for the injured Julio Jones, that put the Falcons on the Lions’ 29-yard line. The drive stalled out from there, but Atlanta did manage to kick a field goal which extended their lead over Detroit to 20-9.
Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan injured his knee on a play in the third quarter. As you can see from the video below, it looks like a pretty nasty injury. Stepped on by his own lineman, Ryan writhed in pain on the field for awhile after the injury. He did manage to leave the field, limping, but the status of his injury is unknown.
Falcons tackle Will Svitek is the one who stepped on Ryan’s foot. Chris Redman will replace Ryan at quarterback for Atlanta. Ryan’s ankle looked as though it was bent sideways, making it that much more surprising that it is being called a knee injury at this point.
Ryan was taken to the locker room for further evaluation of the injury. His status for a return today is questionable. The severity of his injury is unknown at this point in time. Stay tuned for further updates. Atlanta had a 17-9 lead.
Tough sledding for the Detroit Lions offense through two quarters today. Quarterback Matt Stafford has completed just five of 11 pass attempts for 47 yards.
Matthew Stafford has proven himself to be a matchup-proof starting fantasy quarterback. Despite facing one of the league's stingiest defenses in the 49ers in Week 6, Stafford still managed to throw for almost 300 yards and two touchdowns.
Against the Falcons in Week 6, Stafford faced on the worst pass defenses in the league, giving up the fifth most passing yards and the 10th most points overall. Though the Lions, on paper, look like they should be ahead early in this game, they really don't have a grind-it-out and run the clock section of their playbook. Stafford is averaging 39.5 pass attempts per game, and he's done plenty with them. He should be starting ahead of almost every quarterback in the game this week.
For more on Stafford and his matchup with the Falcons, check out Lions blog, Pride of Detroit, and our Falcons blog, The Falcoholic. Also be sure to check out all of our fantasy football news and video highlights of the best Week 7 action.
The Detroit Lions will have tight end Tony Scheffler back after a one-week absence. Scheffler had a concussion in Week 5's matchup against the Chicago Bears after Brian Urlacher delivered a hard hit. After sitting out last week's loss to the San Francisco 49ers, Scheffler didn't practice on Wednesday. He was a limited participant in practice on Thursday and Friday and is probable for Sunday's game against the Atlanta Falcons.
Scheffler hasn't been a fantasy factor at all this season. He has just four catches for 63 yards in five games. However, two of those catches helped fantasy owners as they wound up in the end zone. Brandon Pettigrew will continue to be the main target at tight end for Matthew Stafford.
For more on Scheffler and his matchup with the Falcons, check our Falcons blog The Falcoholic and our Lions blog Pride of Detroit. For more on fantasy football, check out Fake Teams. Follow @sbnationfantasy on Twitter.
Detroit Lions running back Jahvid Best will miss the Lions Week 7 match up with the Atlanta Falcons, still dealing with issues related to a concussion he suffered last week against the San Francisco 49ers. In the Lions offense, Best was averaging 65 yards a game and had a "break out" game against the Chicago Bears on Monday Night Football, rushing for 163 yards on just 12 carries. He's an explosive home run threat, but he could also be out for a while.
There were reports that some doctors were suggesting that Best sit out the rest of the 2011 NFL season, but Best and his agent don't anticipate that happening for now. Without Best in the line up and the trade for Ronnie Brown falling through, Maurice Morris and Keiland Williams are expected to rotate in the backfield.
For more on Best and his match up with the Falcons, check out SB Nation's Falcons blog, The Falcoholic, and our Lions blog Pride of Detroit. For more on fantasy football, check out Fake Teams. Follow @sbnationfantasy on Twitter.
The Detroit Lions host the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday after a bizarre week on and off the field. The Falcons will look to string together consecutive wins for the first time this season.
Jones did not participate in any of the Falcons' practices this week, but unlike when he was ruled out last week, Falcons head coach Mike Smith has left open the possibility of Jones playing this week.
"Julio is the kind of guy who is going to push the envelope," Smith said on Thursday according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "He wants to get back in there. We are going to have to make sure the people in the athletic-performance department and the doctors make the final decision.
"We’ll just have to see how the rest of the week goes."
The Falcons traded a bevy of 2011 and 2012 draft picks to move and select Jones with the sixth overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft. The former University of Alabama standout has 25 receptions for 358 yards in five games this season.
For more on the Falcons and Jones' status for the Lions, visit The Falcoholic.
Detroit Lions starting running back Jahvid Best is out for Sunday's game against the Atlanta Falcons with a concussion, already his second of the 2011 NFL season. This has the Lions (5-1) concerned because the speedy Best has been an intricate part to their offensive success.
Head coach Jim Schwartz says Best will play when given medical clearance but given the severity of concussions, it's been in question whether Best could even return this season.
According to Detroit offensive co-ordinator Scott Linehan, the all-purpose back will return to action this season but optimism is expected from the coaching staff. As it stands, the second-year back out of Cal will be evaluated on a week to week basis.
At this point, having sustained multiple concussions on the year and yet to be halfway through the season, he should consider his future. Best will certainly want to be there for his teammates but it would be advisable for him to consider sitting the season. Elite players like Ed Reed have made it public that their health comes first, and Peyton Manning's status is a living example. Best could be a tremendous contributor to any NFL team, if he could manage to stay healthy.
In addition to Best's injury, his backup Jerome Harrison recently discovered a brain tumor that will remove him from this season. Detroit will be leaning on runningbacks Maurice Morris and Keiland Williams to get their ground game going, but neither have the athletic tools Best brings to Detroit.
For more on the Lions and the Javhid Best injury, check out Pride of Detroit.
The Detroit Lions look to shake off their first loss of the season against a Falcons team identified by disappointment.
Nearing the halfway point of the season, rifts are starting to open for some teams. Others need to confirm that early season success was no mere fluke. Week 7 in the NFL carries plenty of consequences.
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