The Lions again fell behind going in to halftime on Sunday and lost their second home game in a row, this time against the Falcons. But the big news from the game was on the injury front to each teams quarterback.
On the final offensive play of the game for the Lions, Matt Stafford got hit from behind and ended up limping off the field. He ended up in a walking boot and was scheduled for an MRI today, but he is currently listed as day-to-day and is expected to practice on Wednesday.
The national news came when Matt Ryan was injured by his own lineman in the third quarter. According to several Falcons players, Ndamukong Suh and Cliff Avril were heard taunting Ryan as he laid on the field in pain.
Today Suh went on the offensive saying that Ryan being hurt by his own lineman was “karma” for all of the things the Falcons line does during the game.
There’s many, many, many plays that I can go back to on film that I watched all week that their offensive line has done, that they’ve been coached to do, as far as I know. It’s not anything that’s not been said. It’s not anything that’s new. Those are things that they’re taught to do.
Stephen Tulloch agreed with Suh’s claim and went into more details about what it is the Falcons do.
If you watch the film, look across the Falcons’ offensive line. They are late, cheap-shot guys who have been doing it ever since I’ve been playing against them, back when I was with Tennessee. They are chop-block guys. You watch the film and they are a real dirty team when it comes to the offensive line.
Suh also clarified what, if anything, he said to Matt Ryan by saying once the man is down he has nothing else to say to him.
Here is hoping that some of this fire will show up on Sunday’s before the Lions great start to the season is wasted.