Lions’ Suh fined $30,000; says kick not on purpose

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Lions defensive end Lawrence Jackson probably talks to Suh more than anyone else and said his close friend is misunderstood.

“I’ve heard people call him self-centered and arrogant, but if you take the time to get to know him, you’ll see a different side of him and find out that he’s a cool guy,” Jackson said. “People are going to have perceptions of him because of the way he came into the league with some aggressive plays that nobody saw before.

“But look at a guy like Brodrick Bunkley. He kicked a guy in the head and we don’t hear much about that.”

The NFL hasn’t suspended Bunkley, a New Orleans defensive tackle, for his boot to the back of San Francisco lineman Alex Boone’s helmet in the final minutes of a game Sunday.

Since Suh broke into the league in 2010, when he was the only rookie on the All-Pro team, he leads all defensive linemen with nine personal fouls and is tied for fifth with 19 penalties, according to STATS LLC.

He drew most of those flags in his first two years. His only infraction this season has been one encroachment penalty.

The Lions have already lost more games this year than they did in 2011, and for a second straight season, Suh is falling short of his production as a rookie.

When Detroit was winning or Suh was racking up sacks, he was regarded as a talent. Now that the Lions are losing and he’s struggling statistically, Suh’s rep compounds his problems.

So what’s he thinking?

“I can’t really fish into that,” he said. “Too much energy to even look at it and digest all that.”

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AP Sports Writers Andrew Seligman in Lake Forest, Ill.; Tom Withers in Berea, Ohio; Kristie Rieken and Chris Duncan in Houston contributed to this story.

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