The National Football League’s Week 1 slate of games were underway Sunday afternoon and among the first games on the docket were the Miami Dolphins vs. the Washington Redskins. There were plenty of storylines going into it, among them was the debut of new Dolphin defensive lineman and former Detroit Lions defensive standout Ndamukong Suh.
Suh, who signed a whopping six-year, $144 million contract in the offseason as a free agent to take his talents to South Beach, has a reputation of being equally talented and tainted. His skills as a defensive player in the league are among the best, but he has earned a fair amount of fines and suspensions during his tenure in the league for dirty play, which was typically followed by a) lame excuses and/or b) no remorse.
It by and large became one of the reasons why Detroit refused to re-sign the former Nebraska Cornhuskers standout. Suh took the field as a member of the Dolphins for the first time Sunday afternoon, and it did not take him long to be under fire from players, coaches, and fans around the country.
In the second quarter, Suh was making a play on ‘Skins running back Alfred Morris. What happens next appears to be very Suh-esque.
It appears that when Suh gets up after making the tackle, that he actually kicks Morris’ helmet right off his head. Now to most players, that may be viewed as an accidental brush or stumble, but because of Suh’s history and laundry list of fines and suspensions, there may have been some intent there.
This was actually not the only questionable play in the ‘Fins/’Skins game involving Mr. $144 million. Apparently in the second half, Suh got locked up with a member of Washington’s offensive line. So much so, Suh spun his helmet around in a forceful manner and according to media reports, was forced to leave the game because he was poked in the eye by Suh. Oddly enough, the offensive tackle, Morgan Moses, said the helmet spinning was so violent, that the padding hit him in the eye, not Suh’s fingers.
Whether it is just the kicking of Morris’ helmet or also the intent to poke an opposing player in the eye, Suh may be getting a familiar phone call from the league’s front office and having a discussion with commissioner Roger Goodell.