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“Somebody needs to get him under control, because he’s trying to hurt people,” Slauson told the New York Post. “It’s one thing to be an incredibly physical player and a tenacious player, but it’s another thing to set out to end that guy’s career.”

Slauson said last year that he and Suh used to mix it up in practice while in college.

“There were times we got into fights, during spring ball, during camp, but I kind of fought everyone,” Slauson said then.

In 2006, Albert Haynesworth, then with the Tennessee Titans, was suspended five games after swiping his cleats across the head of helmetless Dallas center Andre Gurode. Suh’s stomp wasn’t toward Dietrich-Smith’s head, and the Green Bay player didn’t seem too much worse for wear.

When asked afterward where Suh stepped on him, Dietrich-Smith sounded like he didn’t want to stir the pot.

“I have no idea,” he said. “I have to watch the tape.”

If Suh is suspended early next week, he would have a chance to keep playing pending any appeal _ but that appeals process can be expedited. Detroit plays at New Orleans on Dec. 4.

The NFL moved that game to prime time, a reflection of the buzz surrounding the improved Lions this season. Led by young stars Suh, Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson, Detroit won its first five games, but the Lions have since lost four of six.

Defensive backs Louis Delmas, Chris Houston and Brandon McDonald went down with injuries against the Packers, and so did running back Kevin Smith. If the Lions are without Suh for an extended period, it could hurt them in the playoff race.

“He plays aggressive. All of us, sometimes, might overreact in certain situations,” Detroit defensive lineman Cliff Avril said. “We’ve got to play real smart.”


AP Sports Writer Dennis Waszak Jr., in Florham Park, N.J., contributed to this story.