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NFL’s Ray Anderson says Suh’s kick was “out of the ordinary”

Ndamukong Suh, Matt Schaub

Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh (90) pressures Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub (8) in overtime of an NFL football game in Detroit, Thursday, Nov. 22, 2012. Houston won 34-31. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)


The NFL hasn’t yet decided whether Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh will be disciplined for kicking Texans quarterback Matt Schaub in the groin on Thursday. But NFL executive V.P. of football operations Ray Anderson thought it looked suspicious.

Anderson told Mike Florio on the Dan Patrick Show that he was concerned by what he saw, but the NFL has a process for player discipline, and until the league goes through that process it’s too soon to say whether Suh kicked Schaub on purpose and would therefore be fined or suspended.

“It appeared to be a little out of the ordinary, let’s just say,” Anderson said. “It didn’t appear to be a natural football move, but we’ll withhold judgment until we see all the angles.”

This is Suh’s second straight controversial Thanksgiving. Last year, he was suspended two games after he stomped on Green Bay’s Evan Dietrich-Smith, and that incident could hurt Suh’s standing with the league this time around.

“Certainly, we have to go on a player’s history,” Anderson said. “That will certainly factor into our thinking. . . . If you’re a repeat offender you really aren’t entitled to the benefit of the doubt.”

Those comments don’t sound promising for Suh.