Dirty plays, cheap shots, cleats to groins and after-the-whistle penalties. Oh, let's not forget Pro Bowl defensive tackle. The Detroit Lions' Ndamukong Suh is one of the most polarizing figures in the NFL. He can be a dominant player, but his temper and wild bronco attitude has gotten him into hot water with the league. In fact, just this season, Suh was fined another $100,000.
Ironically, when the Bengals travel to Detroit this weekend, it will be a reunion of sorts. In Andy Dalton's first game as a professional quarterback, he took a vicious hit from Suh when his reputation was just gaining ground. Since that preseason opener back in 2011, Suh has collected numerous fines for a variety of questionable plays.
In case you're wondering if the Bengals remember that preseason hit from Suh a few years ago. Just hear it from one of the team captains in offensive tackle, Andrew Whitworth (via Bengals.com):
"(Suh) kind of had a cheap hit on Andy. It is what it was. It was a young team in that situation for the first time. It's been a growing process for us. We've come a long way from there and we have a lot of new faces. It'll be great to go back there and have an opportunity to do well."
"I don't know what a dirty player is. He's not any dirtier than guys that played the game back in the day. The real truth is he plays the game in an era when there's a TV camera covering every possible thing on the field and a lot that stuff gets put on film, so people know about it," Whitworth said.
"I think he plays the game on a borderline level where he plays with a lot of intensity and sometimes it carries over into the other stuff. I don't know that there are a lot of guys that play that way where it doesn't happen sometimes. I'm not going to create some huge thing about him. It has happened to him and he's a good football player and if some of that disappears people will know him more just how good of a football player he is."
So, we will ask you: do you think that we will see a dirty play from Suh this Sunday? If so, do you have a prediction on what that dirty play might be? Vote and sound off--in the meantime, enjoy a Suh greatest hits in the video below. It includes the Dalton hit for your enjoyment.