Jim Schwartz: Lions were 'excited'
Detroit Lions coach Jim Schwartz on Monday defended Ndamukong Suh and other players on his defense against accusations they were taunting and celebrating over an injured Indianapolis Colts player in last Sunday's game.
Colts lineman Mike McGlynn sparked controversy when he alleged that Suh and his teammates were laughing and pointing at the Colts' Winston Justice, who was knocked to the ground after an Andrew Luck interception and suffered a concussion. McGlynn told the Indianapolis Star that the Lions players' actions were "totally ignorant on their part."
We're excited about it. I don't think anybody's reveling in anybody being injured or anything like that.” -- Jim Schwartz on Lions, after interception in fourth quarter
But Schwartz on Monday, said there's nothing on the coaches' film to support McGlynn's accusations and that his players were simply excited about the interception and making blocks to support a return.
"What shows on the coaches' film is we make an interception with six minutes to go and we're up two scores and looks like it's a really great chance to be able to win that game. Guys were looking to make blocks, guys made blocks," Schwartz said. "It's off after that. There were no penalties on that play. Our guys were rightfully excited. We had a very good pass rush on that. The quarterback, like we had talked about all week, had to elevate his throw.
"We're excited about it. I don't think anybody's reveling in anybody being injured or anything like that."
Colts players had the day off Monday. Interim coach Bruce Arians said he didn't see the celebration by the Lions on film.
"It was a block on an interception. I don't think it was the block as much as it was the celebration for knocking him out," Arians said. "It's not on film. But I know that's why Mike took issue. A bunch of the guys on the sideline saw it and I don't really have anything to say about it."
Suh wasn't in the Detroit locker room when it was open to media Monday and hasn't yet responded to McGlynn's allegations.
The NFL can review Suh's hit on Justice but first, the league's officiating people will take a look at it to see if there was a violation. Suh was not flagged on the field for the hit. If the officiating crew deems there was a violation, it would go to Merton Hanks, the NFL's vice president for football operations, for potential discipline.
Information from ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter and The Associated Press was used in this report.
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