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Ndamukong Suh: Lions not a dirty team

Ndamukong Suh on Tuesday defended his quarterback's actions and his team's style of play two days after a loss to the Chicago Bears in a physical game that featured a fight in the fourth quarter.

Things got out of hand early in the fourth quarter of Sunday's game after Matthew Stafford threw his third interception of the game. The Bears' Tim Jennings picked him off and got shoved hard out of bounds by Nate Burleson. While that unfolded, Stafford grabbed D.J. Moore by the helmet and threw him to the ground, setting off a confrontation involving players from both teams that ultimately led to Moore's ejection.

Moore immediately hopped up and plowed Stafford -- then sitting on the ground -- back into the turf, sparking the skirmish and the corner's ejection.

Suh said the altercation between the teams occurred because Moore went after Stafford and that the Lions quarterback "had to protect himself."

"That's a no-no on our team," he said on ESPN's "SportsCenter" on Tuesday morning. "You don't go after our quarterback."

Moore said Monday on the "The Carmen, Jurko & Harry Show" on ESPN 1000 in Chicago that he expects to be fined. Lions coach Jim Schwartz on Sunday said he didn't expect Stafford to be disciplined by the NFL, which confirmed Monday it was reviewing incidents in the game.

"Discipline for what? For their guy getting kicked out of the game?" Schwartz said, adding that Moore was the only player flagged in the melee.

Stafford said Sunday he wasn't trying to injure Moore.

"He kind of blocked me and I was just trying to get him off me best I knew how," Stafford said. "And I guess he didn't like the way I did it. He wanted to ask me about it."

Suh on Tuesday also was asked about a play in the second quarter of the game where he tackled the Bears' Jay Cutler and ripped the quarterback's helmet off.

He called Cutler's helmet coming off "part of the game."

He said he's not sure what commissioner Roger Goodell's reaction to the play will be. Suh met with Goodell last month to try to better understand what the league is looking for regarding legal hits and player safety.

"I'm not really sure what the commissioner is going to say," he said Tuesday. "I'm not his right-hand man. I think he's a very fair and honest person and hopefully he continues to be that way, and we'll see what happens."

Suh said on "ESPN First Take" that "a lot of good things came from that meeting" with Goodell, but that he was keeping the particulars of the discussion "in house."

Suh, responding to claims that the Lions are dirty, defended the way he and his team plays.

"I like to punish the quarterback. I like to punish running backs for them trying to make plays on my defense," he said in his "First Take" interview. "Whether it's dirty or aggressive or whatever that may be, we're going to continue to play that way and make sure we stand up and make sure teams don't run over us."

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.