BEREA – Browns outside linebacker Jabaal Sheard doesn’t appreciate how Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh plays the game.
“I’m not a dirty player, so I don’t care for it,” Sheard said this afternoon. “There’s offensive linemen that play like that.
“I don’t respect it, I don’t like it. He’s a great player, he’s a dominant player, I don’t think he needs to do all that dirty stuff.”
Suh was fined $100,000 earlier this season for a low hit on Vikings center John Sullivan behind the play on an interception return. It was the latest penalty for a player who’s acquired a reputation as a dirty player in his four years in the NFL.
Suh was fined $30,000 last year for kicking Texans quarterback Matt Schaub in the groin area. He was suspended for two games in 2011 after stomping on Green Bay lineman Evan Dietrich-Smith. He’s also been fined for roughness against quarterbacks Jake Delhomme, Andy Dalton and Jay Cutler.
“I just watch the highlights on ESPN with him hurting somebody,” Sheard said. “It’s crazy.”
The Browns will meet the Lions on Sunday at FirstEnergy Stadium in a battle of 3-2 teams. Sheard was limited in practice all week and listed as questionable (50-50 chance of playing) on the official injury report as he recovers from a knee injury suffered Sept. 22 against Minnesota.
He sounded optimistic about his chances of playing.
“I’ve actually been able to practice a little bit and get out there. Felt pretty good,” he said.
Sheard plans to work out Sunday morning before the final determination. Outside linebacker Quentin Groves (ankle, questionable) has the same plan.
“It’s a true gametime decision,” said Groves, who was limited during the week.
The Browns have ruled out defensive end Billy Winn (quadriceps) for the third straight week.
Fullback Chris Ogbonnaya (concussion), left tackle Joe Thomas (elbow), defensive end Desmond Bryant (illness) and defensive lineman John Hughes (knee) are probable after practicing fully.
** Coach Rob Chudzinski said quarterback Brian Hoyer will have surgery next Friday to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. Chudzinski said the team is hopeful he can return to practice during organized team activities in the spring.
The team hasn’t put Hoyer on season-ending injured reserve, and Chudzinski said there’s no hurry to make the corresponding roster move.