The Pittsburgh Steelers are accusing Ndamukong Suh of the Miami Dolphins of taking a kick at their starting quarterback, Ben Roethlisberger. Given Suh’s past in the league, it is not at all an unbelievable accusation, although it may not be quite as sinister as it sounds.
The Steelers are accusing Suh of swinging his leg at Roethlisberger as he was looking to get by a blocker. The video below appears to show the incident in question, which occurred in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s game in Miami. The kick appears to land on Roethlisberger’s right knee, causing the quarterback to lose his balance and look to get rid of the football.
Kicking is typically only allowed in a few instances in football, and as far as I am aware this does not appear to be one of them. No flag was thrown for the incident, although the Steelers have filed a complaint with this footage in hopes Suh will not get away with it.
“I’m not sure what he was thinking,” Steelers offensive lineman David DeCastro (blocking Suh) said when asked about Suh’s kick. “You’d have to ask him what he was thinking. I heard Ben saying ‘He kicked me,’ but I didn’t really see it until we watched the film.”
Suh has been known to commit stupid penalties in the past in which he goes out of his way to harm his opponents. You can argue this should be added to that list, even if it is “less dirty” than some of his past transgressions. That doesn’t make it right or mean it is OK by any means. He got away with this one, this time, but the league will always be keeping a closer eye on him as a result of this incident and his past.