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Were the Lions really taunting an injured Ryan?

Posted on: October 24, 2011 11:07 am
Posted by Josh Katzowitz

After the Falcons stopped Detroit 23-16 on Sunday, word filtered from Atlanta’s locker room that Lions defensive linemen Ndamukong Suh and Cliff Avril taunted quarterback Matt Ryan after he appeared to suffer a serious ankle injury.’s Mike Freeman was on the case, writing, “Ryan said he didn't hear anything, but I find it difficult to believe the Falcons are making this up.” Especially after Roddy White told reporters, “I lost a whole lot of respect for 90 [Suh] today, and also 92 [ Avril], the [bleep] they were doing when Matt got hurt. That was unacceptable. … Like 92 was kicking [Ryan’s] feet, saying, ‘Get him off the field.’ We don’t do stuff like that. We don’t rally over guys when they get hurt. It was just inappropriate behavior. I mean, ‘Get the cart’? Are you serious? Come on. When you compete, you never want to see a guy get hurt.”

Avril responded on Twitter: “Come on I'm not in the business of hurting not one guy on the field... I would never taunt anyone on an injury... But if we want to talk about dirty players look at the film and see who prides themselves on being durty.”

It’s impossible to confirm the Falcons story by what happened in this clip, and the Lions so far have vigorously denied doing it. But Suh already had the reputation for being a dirty player, so it’s not completely shocking that somebody would allege this.

Luckily for Atlanta, it appears that Ryan is OK, and he helped the Falcons with the biggest comeback to a taunt of all: a victory.

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Since: Jul 14, 2008
Posted on: October 26, 2011 12:32 pm

Were the Lions really taunting an injured Ryan?

Hey ladies go find something else to do then clog up the board with your back and forth nonsense. You guys sound like a bunch of b!tches.

Since: Mar 21, 2007
Posted on: October 25, 2011 1:17 pm

Were the Lions really taunting an injured Ryan?

I think I heard that one of the lions on the sidelines sadi, "GET HIM A BODY BAG!"

Since: Sep 3, 2006
Posted on: October 25, 2011 12:56 pm

Were the Lions really taunting an injured Ryan?

No the Lions in particular Suh and Avril were not and did not taunt Ryan. Ryan said he heard "nothing" non of the many cameras in and around the field never caught any of the Lions "kicking" Ryans foot, ankle or any body part for that matter. The field not only is photographed with an eagle eye it's also sound recorded and mic'd up by NFL Films to hear all this on the field "chatter" by the players. I have yet to hear the sound bite of this reported "taunt."

What we have hear is an attempt by the media, and the NFL for the most part to create drama to stir up contraversy and to drive fan interest or dislike for one team or player; either way it leads to more viewers, more readers which leads to more advertisement dollars for those talking about or writting about and perpetuating made up drama.

Why you ask? Because the NFL is lacking the yearly typical drama driven stories they've come accustomed to over the years with the   likes of Terrell Owens, PACMAN Jones, Larry Johnson, Chad Ocho Cinco in short we are stuck with, [gasp]... Just football and hard play? That's not entertaining to some.

Now if you wan't to write about the absolute horrible officiating this year or the NFL front office attempt a creating passing only league than I'm on board for that discussion.

 Case and point. A HORRIBLE personal foul call in the Baltimore/Jacksonvill game last night. A linebacker for Baltimore got called for an unessasary roughness penalty for what appeared to be check that, IT WAS a text book tackle. Maybe Defensive Cordinators should start teaching their players verbal judo to talk the opposing team to slide or fall down before they are forced to "tackle" them.

Since: Sep 29, 2011
Posted on: October 25, 2011 12:48 pm
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Since: Jul 3, 2007
Posted on: October 25, 2011 10:40 am

Were the Lions really taunting an injured Ryan?

It's a officially a he-said-she-said, and investigating and speculating what may or may not have happened is pointless. Roddy White said what he heard and saw, I have no reason not to believe him. Cliff Avril denies it and I have no reason not to believe him. Matt Ryan has come out and said he didn't hear anything which is as believable as it gets coming from his perspective. So I think what happened on the field needs to stay there now. Somebody tell Suh to stop his ego from defending himself dead in it's tracks

Since: Oct 17, 2011
Posted on: October 25, 2011 10:29 am

Were the Lions really taunting an injured Ryan?

What cameras caught it? Where did Ryan say he heard it? The only thing I have heard from Ryan was he DIDN'T hear anything, and Suh's right Ryan's OWN player injured him. The new NFL tabloid news, if there isn't any news they'll make some up. All people still dogging Schwartz for the handshakegate thing. Was Harbaugh not at fault at all? Picture your own teams coach heading for a postgame handshake in his own house and an opposing coach doing what Harbaugh did, would you want your coach to not do anything when Harbaugh was obviously trying to show Schwartz up? There IS no video of Avril kicking at anybody's feet, THAT alone blows Whites credibility out of the water. It's football not synchronized swimming boys............Props to Ryan for finishing the game and getting the win. Go here and watch Roddy White grab Houston's facemask coming off the line and pulling his head down on his TD catch, now THAT'S some dirty play

Since: Sep 7, 2009
Posted on: October 25, 2011 10:08 am

Were the Lions really taunting an injured Ryan?

You're right on DA55BUMS, anybody with employees knows its what makes owning a company difficult. Its actually in most cases the absolute most difficult thing about running a company.  I only have 5 and they are great but it still sucks.  Its like having too many children.  Usually people without brag of what they have.  Most guys I know that have great things in their life have also learned to be humble about that, cause they realize it may not be always there.  Enough said I think.

Since: Apr 30, 2007
Posted on: October 25, 2011 7:18 am

Were the Lions really taunting an injured Ryan?

I am thru with all the Jealous haters of DETROIT

Self-loathing is a treatable affliction.

I may be a straight up clown,but I am a Rich sucessful STRAIGHT UP CLOWN.

Isn't there some sort of requirement that in order to 'be' successful you need to know how to spell the word?

Since: Apr 5, 2011
Posted on: October 25, 2011 5:37 am
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Since: Aug 3, 2011
Posted on: October 25, 2011 4:19 am
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