The Green Bay Packers aren't buying Ndamukong Suh's explanation that he merely lost his balance and didn't intentionally pin Evan Dietrich-Smith to the ground before stomping on his arm during the Detroit Lions' loss on Thursday.
"That's (expletive)," guard T.J. Lang said, according to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. "He clearly had Evan by the face mask pinned to the ground. His explanation is crap. There's no room for that. It's a dumb penalty. He hurt his own team today."
Packers tight end Andrew Quarless said he would have retaliated had he been on the field. "He was lucky I wasn't on the field," he said. "Lucky. I'm a New York guy. I don't go for that stuff. It was very unnecessary. I can understand you might get in a scuffle, but you never stomp on a guy. That's like hitting a guy when he's down. You don't do things like that. I was this close to running on the field."
Dietrich-Smith, for what it's worth, seems to be taking the incident in stride. "We're just football players out there playing football," he said. "Sometimes things happen. I don't know what drove him to do what he did. I can't say much else."
"I was on top of a guy being pulled down and trying to get up off the ground, which is why you see me pushing his helmet down," Suh said. "As I'm getting up, I'm getting pushed so I'm getting myself unbalanced. ... With that a lot of people are going to interpret it as or create their own storylines, ... but I know what I did, and the man upstairs knows what I did."
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That video -- combined with Suh's lack of contrition after the game -- has prompted a lot of speculation that he'll ultimately be suspended. Mike Pereira, the NFL's former Vice President of Officiating who currently serves as an analyst for FOX Sports, wrote late Thursday in a column for FOX Sports that he thinks it's already a foregone conclusion: "The question won't be if the NFL will suspend Suh, but when - and for how many games."