|Suh agrees with Lovie Smith. Both say this wasn't a dirty hit. (US Presswire)|
Throughout his career, Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh has developed a reputation as a dirty player (though you certainly wouldn't hear that from his mother), and he's been fined for being extra tough with quarterbacks and for stomping on former Packers lineman Evan Dietrich-Smith.
On Monday night, Suh laid down a nasty hit on Bears quarterback Jay Cutler, but on this occasion, Cutler and Chicago coach Lovie Smith say they have no reason to complain.
"That's football,” Smith said, via the Chicago Sun Times. “No one is trying to hurt anyone or anything like that out there."
As CBSSports.com's Will Brinson wrote, Cutler showed his toughness by playing through the rib injury and leading the Bears to the 13-7 win. Afterward, Cutler was asked if he thought the hit was illegal.
“I was outside the pocket. It's football,” he said." I thought I was gone and then he got a hold of me. At that point, I knew it wasn't going to end well.”
Just to point this out, though, not everybody on the Chicago sideline was cool with Suh's hit.
A Suh. What u did to Jay wasn't cool. Great players don't have to do that.— Brandon Marshall (@BMarshall) October 23, 2012
But from Suh's perspective, his hit on Cutler wasn't penalty-worthy (and for the record, there was no flag thrown on the play). And Suh should know. He was fined $15,000 for a hit on Cutler in 2010.
"There were no harsh words between us,'' Suh said, via the Chicago Tribune. "I wanted to make sure he was good. I'm never a person to injure anybody and take anybody out of the game.
"That's why I checked on him when he was there on the ground. I asked one of his people if he was OK. He got up, ran by me, hit me in my stomach and told me he was fine. And later on, I checked on him again."
UPDATE: According to the NFL (via NFL.com's Ian Rapoport), the hit was legal and Suh will not be fined.