Lions coach Jim Schwartz told 97.1 The Ticket in an interview this morning that he isn’t any more concerned about defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh than he is any of his other players.
Suh is suspended two games by the NFL for kicking Packers center Evan Dietrich-Smith on Thanksgiving and was involved in an early-morning car accident in Portland, Oregon, Saturday where two female passengers reported they were injured in the accident.
“It’s not a situation where we can call him and get his side of the story or if he’s okay,” Schwartz said. “He can’t be in our building, that’s why he’s in is hometown of Portland. He can’t go to meetings. We can’t have contact with him. We did get word that he was uninjured and that’s about all that we really know at this point.”
Schwartz was then asked if he’s worried about Suh’s “personal resume” in lieu last week’s car accident.
“The fact that he was in a fender-bender?” Schwartz said. “How guys drive and things like that … let’s worry about him on the field. Ndamukong is a hard-working guy and he hasn’t had any kind of issues with the law, including this one. Let’s worry about him on the field and get him back playing well. He’s under a microscope, but that’s too much of a microscope.”
Schwartz also talked about the three after-the-whistle penalties called on receiver Titus Young, returner Stefan Logan and tight end Brandon Pettigrew against the Saints Sunday and how the team can’t have those going forward in a playoff run.
“We don’t gloss over anything like that,” he said. “Anything that puts the team in a position where it’s more difficult to overcome, it’s a selfish penalty and those three penalties (we had Sunday) were all selfish penalties.
“Those are things we can’t allow to happen and we can’t continue to have them happen. But No. 1, we haven’t had anybody who’s had two of them, and up until last week, you’d have a hard time saying there was any kind of trend there.”
Young was disciplined during Sunday’s game by being benched for most of the second half. Schwartz was asked Tuesday if there would be similar discipline for Logan and Pettigrew, which has been suggested by more than one media outlet this week.
“We’re going to do everything we can to be as efficient as we can and not to put a team in those positions,” he said. “It boils down to: if somebody’s hurting the team, whether they’re not a good enough player or they’re hurting the team with penalties, or whatever, they aren’t going to be on the field.
“But let me say this, we don’t have a suggestion box. We’re going to do whatever we can in our view to operate as efficiently as we can and to put a good product on the field to win football games and to put guys on the field that will do those things. Every case is different.”
Schwartz gave no update on the status of injured players DT Nick Fairley, RB Kevin Smith, S Louis Delmas or CB Chris Houston.
“We’ll just see this week. It’s really just going to be how sore it is and how he’s able to manage his way through this week,” Schwartz said of Fairley and his injured foot. “It’s Tuesday. It’s too early to tell on all those guys.”
“We knew Kevin was in a situation coming back from that injury (ankle) that there was a possibility that there would be something that happened in the game and he sort of aggravated it and wasn’t able to finish,” he said. “He’s another week off of it. I don’t think it’s any worse and we’ll just see where he gets to this week.”
“The other two guys (Houston and Delmas) are making progress and I don’t know where they’ll be this week but as soon as they’re ready and it makes sense (they’ll be on the field),” he said. “(It’s) one thing for a guy to being cleared but can help the team and can he be out there and do his job. If he can do that, then we’ll get those guys back on the field.”
Delmas tweeted this Tuesday morning: “In the training room getting treatment. Im bout Ready to start shooting that missile again”
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