Falcons players have said that Detroit Lions defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh taunted Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan as he lay in pain on the field, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Ryan turned out to be fine, but Suh's reputation has certainly taken a hit, at least in the Falcons' locker room.
“I had respect for Suh before the game,” center Todd McClure told the AJC. “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.”
Suh's fellow defensive lineman, Cliff Avril, also got in on the act, according to Falcons players.
“I lost a whole lot of respect for 90 (Suh) today, and also 92 (Avril), the (expletive) they were doing when Matt got hurt," wide receiver Roddy White said. "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.” Neither Suh or Avril were available after the game for comment.