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Suh: Schaub would change his mind if Texans could sign me

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)


After Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh kicked Texans quarterback Matt Schaub in the groin on Thanksgiving, Schaub said that he doesn’t think Suh is worthy of playing for the Texans. But Suh believes that Schaub would change his tune if the Texans ever had the opportunity to acquire Suh.

In an interview with ESPN’s Merril Hoge, Suh said he knows Texans running back Arian Foster would want to play with him, and that he thinks Schaub would, too, if the situation ever arose.

“It’s his opinion,” Suh said of Schaub. “I’m fortunate and lucky enough that I’m a Detroit Lion, I don’t think I have the opportunity to be a Houston Texan. I feel that if I did have an opportunity that maybe he’d change his mind. Arian Foster loves the way that I play. He came out, I saw a brief snippet and had people tell me, that he would love to be my teammate, the way I play.

Suh says he is appealing the $30,000 fine he got for the kick, and he continues to insist that it was an accident, and that his foot just happened to connect to the wrong spot as he was being dragged to the ground.

“I had, honestly, no control over what took place because I was being pulled down,” Suh said.

Suh knows he has a reputation as a dirty player, but he doesn’t appreciate that, and he believes it is based on people not knowing what kind of person he has been throughout his football career.

“I don’t believe it’s fair,” he said. “You can’t let one particular instance or one particular act or even one particular year, say, ‘This is this person’s reputation.’ You’ve got to factor in their whole career, what they’ve come from and what they’ve done.”

What Suh has done was not appreciated by Schaub, but after Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford stuck up for Suh last week, perhaps there’s some truth in the idea that quarterbacks like having Suh as a teammate. If for no other reason than knowing that means they won’t have to play against him.