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