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Jim Schwartz says Lions weren’t celebrating Colts injury

Ndamukong Suh

Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh (90) walks off the field after the Lions lose 35-33 to the Indianapolis Colts in an NFL football game at Ford Field in Detroit, Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)


Lions defensive tackle/professional lightning rod Ndamukong Suh earned another round of negative feedback from one of his opponents this week.

No kicking or stomping this time, but Colts guard Mike McGlynn took issue with Suh laughing and celebrating with his teammates after a block by Suh left Colts tackle Winston Justice with a concussion. The block came during an interception return by Lions cornerback Don Carey and was not penalized by the officials, although that didn’t affect McGlynn’s opinion that the Lions showed “blatant disrespect.”

Lions coach Jim Schwartz was asked about what happened on Monday. He said he thought his team was celebrating an interception that looked like it would improve their chances of winning up two scores in the fourth quarter as opposed to Justice’s injury.

“There were no penalties on that play. Our guys were rightfully excited. We had a very good pass rush on that. The quarterback, like we had talked all week, had to elevate his throw, made the interception, got the ball around midfield and, unlike our other interception, didn’t have any penalties. We’re excited about it,” Schwartz said, via Carlos Monarrez of the Detroit Free Press. “I don’t think anybody’s reveling in anybody being injured or anything like that.”

Only Suh and the other Lions defenders know what was actually in their heads at the moment in question. What we do know is that they gave up a two score lead from that point, so they might want to hold onto their celebrations until the final whistle in future games.