The great wait is on to see what the NFL does with Ndamukong Suh after he was given the heave-ho from Thursday’s loss to the Green Bay Packers for his head slamming-and-stomp combination.
The entire league is watching to see what action commissioner Roger Goodell and the head honchos in New York take against a player who has already been fined three times in a career that is 27 regular-season games old.
New York Jets guard Matt Slauson, who played with Suh at Nebraska, told Bart Hubbuch of the New York Post that his former college teammate is “delusional.”
“Somebody needs to get him under control, because he's trying to hurt people,” Slauson told Hubbuch. “It's one thing to be an incredibly physical player and a tenacious player, but it's another thing to set out to end that guy's career.”
Suh was ejected early in the third quarter for slamming the helmet of Packers guard Evan Dietrich-Smith into the turf three times and then stomping on him after he got up.
“I have no idea what the league can do, because apparently what they're doing now isn't working,” Slauson said. “I don't know what's going on with him, but something isn't right. I mean, they've fined him out the butt, but he still doesn't think he's doing anything wrong. I don't know what they're going to have to do, but something has to be done.
“Last year, when he got fined for the takedowns on the quarterbacks, it looked like he was trying to kill them. I'm all for physicality, but within the framework of the game. I know it takes a different type of person to be a defensive lineman — you've kinda got to be a jerk who wants to take the quarterback's head off. But you (shouldn't) literally want to kill them like he does.”
Slauson said Suh was well-respected in school but was very well liked by his teammates. Chicago Bears cornerback Zack Bowman counts Suh as a friend. They also played together at Nebraska.
“To be honest with you, he probably just got caught up in the emotions and caught up in the act,” Bowman told me this afternoon. “It’s easy to do that when you’re not thinking at that time and moment. I like his intensity but all that extra stuff, we don’t need that. He doesn’t need that.”
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