Matthew Stafford on Ndamukong Suh’s “Unintentional” Kick: “Things like that Happen All the Time”

November 29, 2012 – 8:15 am by Brad Gagnon

Ndamukong Suh has evaded a suspension for a kick to Matt Schaub’s groin that may or may not have been deliberate, but Suh’s reputation took another hit, as did his wallet. Suh was fined $30,000 for the incident. His quarterback stands by him, though. So that’s always good.

Matthew Stafford joined Valenti and Foster on WXYT in Detroit to discuss Titus Young, who appears as though he’s going to return soon after being sent home for repeated insubordination earlier this month. And of course, he spoke about the Ndamukong Suh “kick” and Jim Schwartz’s big Thanksgiving blunder.

On being removed from the decisions regarding the status of Titus Young:

“Obviously I’m not making personnel decisions. That’s not under my job title. … We let them do their job; we go out there and try and play.”

On if he’ll accept Young back:

“Yeah, once you’re a teammate of mine, you’re always a teammate of mine, no matter what happens. And I feel the same way about all the other guys that I’ve played with.”

On Ndamukong Suh’s controversial “kick” on Matt Schaub:

“Those kind of unintentional hits, I think, happen all the time in the game. It just so happened I guess the camera was on him and that’s the way it goes. But things like that happen all the time.”

On if he wears a cup:

“I would dare you to find somebody that does these days. … because I think those are kind of one-in-a-million shots. They don’t happen too often. I think guys like to play fast and feel fast.”

On head coach Jim Schwartz throwing a challenge flag on a scoring play, negating an automatic review that would have taken a Houston touchdown off the board:

“That happens. I miss throws, I throw interceptions, guys miss tackles. A coach is gonna have a mishap. And my favorite part about it was just how, right after he did it, he knew it and he moved on, and he went up to everybody on the sideline, as many people as he could find, and told them that that was on him, told us the rule and said, ‘Let’s go play.’ Honestly, the plays that ensued later in the game, we had our chances. We had our chances to win the game, we had our chances to lose the game, and we just didn’t make enough plays at the end.”

Listen to Matthew Stafford on WXYT here

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