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Ndamukong Suh's Takedown of Jake Delhomme Being Reviewed by NFL

Aug 30, 2010 – 11:50 PM
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Ndamukong Suh Jake DelhommeLions star rookie Ndamukong Suh turned heads -- including Jake Delhomme's, quite literally -- with his brutal tackle of Cleveland's QB on Saturday. And if the Browns have anything to say about it, the NFL will punish him for it.

On the play in question, which occurred early in Detroit's 35-27 preseason win over Cleveland, Suh tried to bring Delhomme down as the veteran quarterback scrambled to his left. Suh did that eventually, but only after viciously twisting Delhomme's helmet, then corralling Delhomme high and slamming him to the ground. Suh drew a 15-yard penalty on the play.

Cleveland head coach Eric Mangini said at his news conference Monday that he will ask the league to investigate the play, but he assumed it would do so anyway. League spokesman Greg Aiello confirmed in an email to the Associated Press that the league was reviewing the play.

"I was just going after the ball, and I had no clue that he had gotten rid of it," Suh said. "I don't know what to expect from the league. I've gotten personal fouls before, but that was in college, and they can't fine you there."

Browns backup quarterback Seneca Wallace called for Suh to be suspended, but one of Suh's veteran teammates thought that was an overreaction.

"It definitely is," Kyle Vanden Bosch said. "I asked him what happened, and he said he thought Delhomme still had the ball. We're going after the quarterback and trying to make a play, and sometimes you make a mistake, but he wasn't trying to hurt anyone."

Mangini does not believe there was any intent on the part of Suh, the former Nebraska standout, to injure Delhomme. Mangini was impressed with Suh during Cleveland's predraft evaluations.

"When I met the kid, he was a good kid," Mangini said. "I don't think he's a malicious guy, from what I know about him. It was just a poor decision."

Mangini would not say if he felt Suh should have been ejected.

"It put the quarterback at risk, but I'm not the official," Mangini said. "You don't want to see that at any point, but my experience with him in the draft process is that he's a good kid and it was just not a great decision."

Delhomme, too, said he would leave any discipline up to others.

"I'll let the league office handle that," Delhomme said with a smile. "We got a first down out of it and that made me happy."

-- Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.

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