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Suh’s long list of on-field incidents includes one with a player who will now be his Bucs teammate

Ndamukong Suh stomped on Evan Smith during a 2011 game. Now, they will be Bucs teammates
The NFL once suspended Ndamukong Suh for two games by the NFL for stomping on the arm of Green Bay's Evan Dietrich-Smith during a Thanksgiving game. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)
Published May 21
Updated May 21

TAMPA — Throughout Ndamukong Suh’s nine-year NFL career, a reputation of being one of the league’s most temperamental players has followed him. Some simply call his approach aggressive play for an aggressive game. Others call him dirty, including his peers, who have voted him the league’s dirtiest player. But there’s no doubt he brings an edge to a defense.

He’s been unapologetic about aggressively taking down quarterbacks, and he’s taken several fines for doing so. According to Spotrac, he’s been fined $660,392 over his career. He was fined more than $400,000 in his first five years with the Lions alone.

One of the ugliest incidents Suh, who reportedly is closing on a one-year deal with the Bucs, was involved in was with a player he will now call a teammate — Bucs offensive lineman Evan Smith.

Back on Thanksgiving in 2011, when Suh was still playing for the Lions and Smith was in his second full season with the Packers, Suh was ejected from a game after taking an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. He drove Smith’s head into the ground while getting up from a play, then kicked Smith as he lay on the ground.

Suh received a two-game suspension. The following month, a report surfaced that said the Packers defense line coach James Campen instructed Smith to untie Suh’s shoes at every opportunity, and Suh motioned to his feet when pleading with an official following his ejection.

Before the division rivals met for the second time that season, Smith said that Suh called him to apologize shortly after the incident, and Smith said he had no reason not to forgive Suh.

“He’s cool, he apologized, and there’s no hard feelings and that’s pretty much it,” Smith told the Associated Press. “I think we’ve all moved past it. 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.”

Smith is recovering from surgery to repair torn labrums in both hips. He’s yet to participate in the Bucs offseason training activities, but he is in attendance.

Suh was fined $100,000 for an illegal low block on Vikings center John Sullivan on an interception return during a 2013 game. The league also suspended him for one game after he stepped on Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers’ leg in 2014, but that suspension was overturned.

Contact Eduardo A. Encina at eencina@tampabay.com. Follow @EddieInTheYard.

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