FEDEX FIELD - Long known for his ability to blow up opposing offensive lines, Dolphins defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh was largely held in check against the Redskins on Sunday. But that didn't stop Suh from making an impact against Washington, and as has become somewhat customary, again cause questions about how Suh plays the game.
Though his stat line was rather pedestrian - he registered just two tackles - two plays from the defensive tackle stand out. Once after a tackle in the first half, a knee from Suh caused Redskins RB Afred Morris to lose his helmet. On replay, it certainly looked like an intentional swipe from Suh that knocked off Morris' lid. Asked about the play after the game, Suh said he didn't remember the play.
"I tackled him plenty of times during the game, so not really sure what you're speaking of," the Dolphins tackle said.
On another play in the second half, Suh engaged with Washington tackle Morgan Moses, and somehow, Moses' helmet was twisted to the point that it looked like his head was on backwards. The helmet twist was so severe that Moses' ear pad ended up poking him in the eye, and the Redskins tackle had to come out of the game. Asked about that play following the game, Suh again couldn't remember.
"I don't know."
Suh has a long track record of aggressive and perhaps dirty play, and it is fair to ask if all of his actions are watched more carefully than other players. At the same time, new incidents seem to always pop up, like Sunday's interactions with Morris and Moses.
Conversely, it's worth noting the Redskins frequently deployed chop blocks on Suh - a perfectly legal play but not one defensive lineman usually respond kindly to.
"They did a lot of it," Suh said of the chop blocks, "I think six, seven, eight times on the first drive."
It's funny, Suh remembered precisely the number of chop blocks he encountered, but had no recollection on the exchanges with Morris or Moses. For his part, while Moses remembered the play he had little to say about it.
"He went for the hand to the face and my helmet twisted and the ear pad went into my eye," Moses said. "It's just football, things happen. Whatever it is. At the end of the day, it's football."
It's football, but the Suh version.