Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers responded on Tuesday to Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh stepping on his leg.
Suh was caught on camera stepping on Rodgers' leg twice during Sunday's 30-20 Packers victory. Rodgers had injured the leg earlier in the game while throwing a short touchdown pass to receiver Randall Cobb.
Suh was suspended for one game but had that overturned on appeal. The Lions will play the Cowboys in Dallas on Sunday in a NFC Wild Card game.
Suh was not flagged on the play, but the NFL ruled Rodgers was "in a defenseless posture" when Suh stepped on his leg the second time, "applying pressure and unnecessarily pushing off Rodgers’ unprotected leg with his left foot, violating playing rules prohibiting unnecessary roughness."
Rodgers said Tuesday he initially thought he may have torn his Achilles tendon.
"My initial thought was I popped my Achilles," Rodgers said on his radio show, according to ESPN.com. "That's why I kind of stayed down. It was a very painful sensation."
In 2011, Suh was suspended for two games after stomping on the arm of former Packers guard Evan Dietrich-Smith during a game.
Suh is also slated to become a free agent this offseason. He could command a deal that makes him the league's highest-paid defensive player, exceeding J.J. Watt's six-year, $100 million deal.
- Mike Fiammetta