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Video: Ndamukong Suh Roughs Up Browns QB Jake Delhomme

Aug 28, 2010 – 6:14 PM
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Michael David Smith

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Ndamukong Suh grabs Jake Delhomme's facemaskThe good news for the Detroit Lions is that in rookie defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, they've found themselves a player who likes to rough up opposing quarterbacks.

The bad news is that if Suh makes a habit of roughing up opposing quarterbacks the way he did to Cleveland's Jake Delhomme on Saturday, he's going to get suspended. (Update: Ndamukong Suh Play on Jake Delhomme Getting Review)

In the second quarter of the Browns-Lions preseason game, Suh absolutely brutalized Delhomme. Suh grabbed Delhomme by the facemask, yanked him down as he threw the ball away, then tossed him to the Ford Field turf like a rag doll. It was an ugly, dirty play, albeit a play that showed the kind of fiery aggressiveness that makes for a great defensive tackle.

When the referee announced the penalty, the fans in Detroit started to boo, but if anything, Suh was lucky he got nothing more than a 15-yard facemask penalty. The ref easily could have given Suh two separate personal fouls, one for the facemask and one for throwing Delhomme down after the facemask, and even would have been justified in ejecting Suh. There's no question that Suh will get fined by the league.

Suh fought through a double team on the play and looked exactly like the kind of player the Lions thought they were drafting when they took him with the second overall pick in April. He just needs to learn that in the NFL, protection of quarterbacks is paramount, and no player gets away with doing what he did to Delhomme.

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