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NFL confirms Ndamukong Suh block was legal

Indianapolis Colts v Detroit Lions

DETROIT, MI - DECEMBER 02: Andrew Luck #12 of the Indianapolis Colts scrambles out of the reach of Ndamukong Suh #90 of the Detroit Lions at Ford Field on December 2, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Dave Reginek/Getty Images)

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Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh will not be fined for a hit on Colts offensive lineman Winston Justice that caused a concussion on Sunday.

The NFL has reviewed the play and determined that Suh delivered a legal block to Justice after a Detroit interception, ESPN’s Ed Werder reports. The NFL’s decision is no surprise, as there were no flags on the play and nothing out of the ordinary about Suh’s block.

The Colts complained after Sunday’s win that Suh got up and celebrated after laying the block on Justice, with Colts players saying the Lions are classless losers. The Lions say Suh was celebrating his teammate’s interception, not his opponent’s concussion.

As is often the case, extracurricular activities are overshadowing Suh’s actual play on the field. And on Sunday, Suh’s play on the field was very good for most of the game: He sacked Andrew Luck on the Colts’ first offensive play, hit Luck as he was passing five times, twice tackled Colts running backs for losses and was a major disruptive force in the middle of the line throughout. Unfortunately for Detroit, the Lions fell apart late in the game, with the offense settling for punts on its final two drives and the defense allowing Luck to engineer two touchdown-scoring drives in the final three minutes, leading to a 35-33 Colts win.