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Lions, Falcons go back and forth on taunting allegations

  • By Dan Hanzus NFL.com
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When we last saw the soap opera starring members of the Detroit Lions and Atlanta Falcons, each side was calling out the other for being unsportsmanlike yahoos.

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Ndamukong Suh stirred the pot when he theorized the knee injury that Matt Ryan suffered during Atlanta's 23-16 victory over Detroit on Sunday was "karma" for the Falcons offensive line's long-running, alleged dirty tactics.

Suh also made it clear that he didn't care much what the Falcons thought of him, after they alleged he taunted Ryan while the quarterback was on the ground.

"Do I need Rodney White's respect? No. Leave it at that," Suh said, according to the Detroit Free Press.

Roddy White was a guest on NFL Network's "Around The League" on Monday, and discussed Suh's comments and his version of the events after Falcons left tackle Will Svitek accidentally stepped on Ryan.

"I know Suh said what he said," said White, the Falcons' star wide receiver. "He was like, 'Go get the cart for him. Get him out of here!' We know he said that. ... And then he's going to say it was karma for what we've done in the past when their quarterback gets hurt on the last play of the game and they have an MRI today."

White was referring to Lions signal-caller Matthew Stafford, who suffered an ankle injury on his team's final possession. As for Ryan, Falcons coach Mike Smith said Monday that the quarterback's injury "looked a lot worse than it actually turned out to be."

Falcons wide receiver Harry Douglas said on NFL Network's "Around the League" that he believes the Lions crossed the line with their alleged taunting.

"While Matt was down, I don't think it is necessary to be yelling certain things to a player while he's down," he said. "I think the main thing you should do is make sure and see if he's all right."

Every NFL center is now miked for sound, so you'd think the answer lies out there somewhere. Steve Sabol, we beg you to put this mystery to rest.

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