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There’s a line between playing hard and playing dirty. Lions defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh has been known to cross that line.
And that’s not the opinion of some random blogger. That’s what the NFL and its players say.
Suh, whom the Ravens will see as they take on the Lions on Monday Night Football, was named the league’s dirtiest player in a poll around the NFL by The Sporting News in 2011 and 2012. He has been fined six times by the league for various misdeeds between the lines, including $100,000 this season for an illegal block.
But it’s all good, Ravens guard A.Q. Shipley said, as reported by BaltimoreRavens.com.
“I love the way he plays,” said Shipley, who’s in for a face-to-face dose of Suh Monday night. “He plays hard and he plays passionate. You can’t fault a guy for doing that. He goes hard every play, and if he gets called for a penalty, I don’t think he’s worried about it. You’ve got to respect that about him.”
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Running back Ray Rice, speaking about Suh and D-line partner Nick Fairley, told the club website: “I don’t know if you want to call it physical or dirty. Whatever the refs see, that’s what they see.”
Beyond any extracurricular activity that the league office might cite, the two give the Lions a formidable roadblock in the interior line.
“They’ve obviously got two great players,” Shipley said. “They’re top-10 picks for a reason. They’ve very athletic for how big they are. They play hard, they play aggressive, and they’re really good in that scheme.”
Center Gino Gradkowski will be getting his first up-close look. He’ll withhold judgment on Suh.
“I think they just play hard,” Gradkowski said. “Sometimes it can be misconstrued as dirty. But it’s hard to say because I don’t know him personally and I haven’t faced him yet.”