The Detroit Lions are in the midst of a rough two week stretch, losing two games in a row after their 5-0 start, and losing two running backs this week, and now they are doing more than just taking their frustration to the field. When Falcons QB Matt Ryan went down in the third quarter after tripping over tackle Will Svitek, Falcons players reported that the Lions were taunting him while he lay on the ground.
Ryan ultimately missed only the first two plays of the next possession, so it didn’t appear to be a serious injury, but while he was on the ground, the Falcons reported that Lions defensive linemen Ndamukong Suh and Cliff Avril were taunting him.
“I had respect for Suh before the game,” cent Todd McClure said. “But when Matt was on the ground, the things he was saying and the trash he was talking was definitely uncalled for. There are certain things you don’t do. [He said], ‘Get the cart’ and several other things that I can’t repeat.”
WR Roddy White said, “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.”
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