Ndamukong Suh #90 of the Detroit Lions watches the action during the preseason game against the Buffalo Bills.
Replays, and to a lesser degree, the incredulous anger of Lions’ head coach Jim Schwartz showed that rookie Ndamukong Suh should not have been called for a horse collar tackle on running back Marion Barber on Sunday--that, rather than grabbing the back of his his shoulder pads, Suh had a handful of Barber’s dreadlocks on the play, a legal move.
But Suh approached Barber after the game to apologize, nonetheless.
"I went up to him to apologize because I'm not a dirty player," Suh told the Detroit News, via the Dallas Morning News. "He said, 'No worries. It's the name of the game.'"
Head coach Jason Garrett said he takes no issue with his players having exposed hair.
"I'm fine with his hair being out," Garrett said. "It seems to be a trend in the league."
Unlike Garrett, though, the play made cornerback Mike Jenkins, who apparently did not know that it was legal to bring an opposing player down by the hair--and who, himself, sports long dreadlocks--reconsider playing with exposed hair.
"I don't have to worry about that unless I get a pick," Jenkins said. "But really when that happened I tucked mine in my shoulder pads. I was like, 'That's crazy.'"
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