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“Player safety, it’s a league concern and you got to only respect it,” he said. “That’s one of the reasons why I spoke to Sullivan as we walked into halftime. He understood where I was coming from, no hard feelings.”

Suh also expressed remorse to teammates for his penalty that negated a touchdown on the interception return.

Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford said Suh’s apology was “a step in the right direction.”

“He played the rest of the game and it got overshadowed by a stupid play that cost not only him, but our team, and he knows that,” Stafford said. “We can’t have that. “

Detroit drafted Suh second overall in 2010 and signed him to a five-year contract worth as much as $68 million with $40 million in guarantees. He has lost some of that money because six fines and a suspension have cost him $342,794.

“None of the things he has been fined for have hurt a player or caused a player to miss any games,” Barnes said. “But ex-players who are trying to make a name for themselves on TV as sensational analysts keep calling him a dirty player.”

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AP Sports Writer Bob Baum in Tempe, Ariz., contributed to this report.

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