Originally posted on Fox Sports Detroit  |  Last updated 5/29/13
ALLEN PARK, Mich. You can suspend him. You can fine him. You can verbally attack him with anonymous quotes. But Ndamukong Suh, the controversial defensive tackle for the Detroit Lions, vows that hes going to keep doing things his way. Hall of Fame defensive tackle Mean Joe Green recently came out in support of the way that Suh plays the game. Greene told Suh not to change. He definitely has my word that Im not changing my game, Suh said Wednesday afternoon following an off-season practice. Obviously, got to be smart, but I will not change my game. Suh got suspended for two games in 2011 for The Stomp, when he stomped on Green Bay offensive lineman Evan Dietrich-Smith with his foot. Suh then got fined 30,000 last season for The Kick, when he kicked Houston quarterback Matt Shaub in the groin. Despite seemingly endless criticism thats directed at Suh, calling him a dirty player, Greene had only praise for him during an interview with the Detroit Free Press a couple weeks ago. He is a powerful man, Greene said. Unfortunately for him is that hes letting some of his notoriety and publicity get in his head a little bit. By that I mean it changes the way he approaches the game, cause if he changes that, hes not Ndamukong anymore. And you need an edge to play in the pit. Anybody that talks about what you shouldnt do hasnt been in there. I think you have to play the game the way he does, but not go over the edge. A couple times he went over the edge, and he shouldnt be afraid of that. Greene added, He cant let other voices dictate how he plays. Suh, who is used to having to respond to his many critics, smiled when asked about the kind words from the former Pittsburgh Steelers great. I did see those comments, Suh said. They are definitely appreciated, coming from a legend of his caliber and somebody I definitely looked up to growing up in this game. It definitely means a lot. Ive had some good conversations with Joe Greene. Hes definitely a teacher. So, yes, the pupil plans to keep on doing what hes doing, regardless of who doesnt like it. IT AINT BRAGGING IF Suh also said hes motivated to live up to teammate Nick Fairleys words that they will combine to be the leagues top duo at defensive tackle. Thats a great challenge and its something Im definitely up for, Suh said. Its something that he felt in his heart that we can be. Im going to be there to work alongside him. Weve, in essence, put a target on our back. Ive had a target on my back since I was a rookie. So Im excited for it. EXTRA POINTS Lions coach Jim Schwartz, on the addition of retired offensive tackle Jeff Backus as a coaching intern to help mentor the teams young linemen: Hes not here every day. But footballs important to him. When you do something for so long, its hard just to turn it off. We welcome him whenever he has a chance to be around. We think that wisdom that hes gained over all those years can help younger guys. Running back Mikel Leshoure didnt practice for the second straight week because of a nagging hamstring injury. Rookie defensive end Devin Taylor, a fourth-round draft pick, also missed Wednesday because of a hamstring problem.
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