Originally posted on Fox Sports Detroit  |  Last updated 11/8/11
Ndamukong Suh didn't even play a game this past weekend butstill finds his playing style under attack. The Lions defensive tackle was named the dirtiest player in the NFL in a pollof fellow players conducted by the Sporting News. Sporting News polled 111 NFL players from 31 teams and Suh was named by 36players. Steelers linebacker James Harrison was second with nine votes; Titanscornerback Cortland Finnegan was third with eight. Suh, in just his second season with the Lions, has been harshly criticized bythe media and some players for his rough style, which has hit him in the walletas well. He's been fined a total of 42,500 by the NFL for three violations, all onplays involving quarterbacks. Two fines were levied in 2010 -- 15,000 for throwing down Jake Delhomme in anexhibition game against the Browns and 7,500 for a highly disputed incidentwhen he hit the Bears' Jay Cutler from behind on a scramble. This season, Suh was docked 20,000 for a hit on Bengals rookie Andy Dalton inan exhibition game. Suh also has drawn two penalties this season on hits to quarterbacks that didnot get him fined. One was roughing the passer against Dallas. The other, Suh was penalized forhitting Matt Ryan's facemask on a sack. Ryan ducked as Suh was making contact,and Suh's hand hit the mask. Suh has been under scrutiny for things that have nothing to do with his playingstyle. An example of that came after the Lions' loss to Atlanta on Oct. 23. SomeFalcons claimed that Suh and teammate Cliff Avril had taunted Ryan while he wason the field being treated for an ankle injury. There was no evidence to support those claims, and television replays clearlyshowed that Ryan's injury was caused by a Falcons offensive lineman stepping onhis ankle. No Lion defender was near Ryan at the time. Concerned about the fines, penalties and perception that he's a dirty player,Suh met with commissioner Roger Goodell on Nov. 1. Suh said he wanted a clearer understanding of how he can wreak havoc within therules. He came away from the meeting confident he could continue doing whathe's doing, with a few minor adjustments. "Like I said after the Denver game, I'm not going to change the way Iplay," Suh said last week. "The way I play, the way I have played inthe past, is to continue to play within the rules and just have anunderstanding of what they look for. "I'm the type of person that doesn't like to repeat mistakes. That was themain thing that, more or less, (Goodell) was emphasizing. I haven't made thesame mistakes I made in the past." The message from Goodell was "continue to follow in that trend and you'llbe fine," Suh said.
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