Originally posted on Fox Sports Wisconsin  |  Last updated 12/28/11
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Lions defensive star Ndamukong Suh wasn't contrite in the immediate hours after stomping on the arm of Packers offensive line Evan Dietrich-Smith during the Thanksgiving Day game between the two NFC playoff-bound teams. But apparently he had a change of heart a few days later. Dietrich-Smith revealed Wednesday that Suh called him to apologize once the stomp-seen-round-the-world became such a popular topic. "He called me a couple days after the whole thing happened and we talked, he said 'sorry,' I said 'no big deal,' and that was about it," Dietrich-Smith said at his locker. "He apologized, and there's no hard feelings." The Lions travel to Green Bay for the regular season finale this Sunday. If Detroit beats a Packers team that has already clinched the NFC's No. 1 seed and may rest some starters, the Lions will enter the playoffs as the No. 5 seed. If Detroit loses and the Atlanta Falcons win, the Lions will drop to the sixth seed. But Dietrich-Smith isn't expecting anything different from Suh or any other Detroit players on Sunday, nearly six weeks after the Thanksgiving incident. "I think we've all moved past it," Dietrich-Smith said. "It's a big learning experience for everybody. I think everyone in the league can take note of everything that happened, and I think every player is going to take a step forward to move past that kind of stuff." As Dietrich-Smith watched Suh's cleat slam into his arm, he said that even in that moment he wasn't angry or feeling hostile about it. "Stuff happens," Dietrich-Smith said. "It's football. It's an emotional game. Sometimes you get carried away and you learn from those kinds of things. I think everyone encounters moments in time when things happen, but I'm not going to sit there and harp on it. We've got football to play. "If you sit there and look back to something that happened a month ago, I think we're not really focused on what we have in front of us." Suh was ejected from that game and later suspended for two additional games without pay, but he proclaimed innocence in his post-game comments following the Packers' 27-15 win in Detroit. "What I did was remove myself from the situation in the best way I felt, me being held down in the situation I was in," Suh said after the game. "And further, my intentions were not to kick anybody, as I did not, removing myself as you see, I'm walking away from the situation." Suh later added that, from his perspective, he was getting pushed and that he was using Dietrich-Smith's helmet for balance. Replays would indicate that Suh's take on the situation was inaccurate, and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell upheld the two-game suspension after Suh's appeal. "He's a good football player, stuff happens, and that's about it," Dietrich-Smith said. Follow Paul Imig on Twitter.
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