DETROIT -- At first it seemed like a fun novelty -- 307-pound Ndamukong Suh lining up to kick an extra point for Detroit as the home crowd shouted his name.
Suh's miss came in the third quarter Sunday, moments after kicker Jason Hanson was injured. Detroit lost 23-20 in overtime to New York after the Jets tied the game on a last-second field goal.
"There's no question that Ndamukong is our backup field goal kicker," Lions coach Jim Schwartz said. "He's done it in practice. We have a lot of confidence that he could kick it. It put him in a difficult situation because he went out without any warmups. ... Probably should have called a timeout, given him time to get ready."
Suh, a rookie defensive lineman, grew up playing soccer. His kick had plenty of strength but wasn't quite straight enough, leaving the Lions ahead 13-10.
"He was able to go back in and kick an extra point, after getting his knee taped up and a bunch of other things," Schwartz said. "He couldn't have gone from very much farther than that."
Suh walked past a reporter who was seeking comment after the game.
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