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Suh contrite as stomp admonished

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Ndamukong Suh has gone from brushing off talk of his play and fines to publicly apologizing to teammates and showing remorse after he was ejected for stomping on a player during a loss to Green Bay.

"My reaction on Thursday was unacceptable," the Lions defensive tackle said in a statement on his Facebook page Friday. "I made a mistake and have learned from it. I hope to direct the focus back to the task at hand — by winning."

Suh's statement came about the same time that the Lions chastised their star.

"The on-field conduct exhibited by Ndamukong Suh that led to his ejection … was unacceptable and failed to meet the high level of sportsmanship we expect from our players," the team said in a statement.

Suh will likely wait several days to find out the true cost of his stomp in Detroit's 27-15 loss to the Packers on Thanksgiving. Plays from Week 12 looked at for potential discipline won't be reviewed until all games are completed, the league said.

Suh was ejected after tangling with offensive lineman Evan Dietrich-Smith. After being pushed off, Suh stepped down hard with his right foot, making contact with Dietrich-Smith's right arm.

Suh had said Thursday that he was trying to keep his balance and the stomp was not intentional. He apologized to teammates for "allowing the refs to have an opportunity to take me out of this game."

If Suh is suspended, he'd have a chance to appeal.

More Lions: The team will put leading rusher Jahvid Best (concussion) on season-ending injured reserve next week.

Titans' Ruud won't play against Bucs

NASHVILLE — Tennessee declared linebacker Barrett Ruud out against Tampa Bay, his former team, because of a groin injury. Ruud aggravated the injury last week against Atlanta. Rookie Colin McCarthy is questionable (knee) but is expected to start in Ruud's spot. Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck (strained flexor muscle in right arm) practiced Friday and is probable to start.

Tebow backs Elway: John Elway took heat for affirming the conventional wisdom across the league: Tim Tebow must improve his passing and his third-down conversions. While many assailed the team's head of football operations for not sticking up for Denver's quarterback, Tebow agreed with his boss. He is completing just 44.8 percent, and less than a quarter of the Broncos' third-down plays, 23.6 percent, are working out. "I am very hopeful that Tim Tebow is our guy," Elway said Wednesday. "Am I absolutely positive at this point in time? No, I'm not. But I want to believe that, and that's what I want to happen." Tebow said, "We just have to play more consistent on more first and second down plays to be in good positions to execute on third down."

Bronco fined $25,000: Broncos linebacker Von Miller was fined $25,000 by the NFL for roughing the passer against the Jets. Among others fined, Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor, $40,000 for unnecessary roughness.

Browns: Running back Peyton Hillis (hamstring) could return this week, a bit of a surprise considering he did not practice Wednesday or Thursday.

Vikings: Running back Adrian Peterson is doubtful because of a high ankle sprain.

Suh contrite as stomp admonished 11/25/11 [Last modified: Friday, November 25, 2011 11:57pm]
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