Did Ndamukong Suh Intentionally Kick Roethlisberger Sunday?


Not that this is a top ten issue or a reason why the Pittsburgh Steelers lost but one play late in Sunday’s game caught my eye.

Ben Roethlisberger had told reporters he hurt his right knee on the games’ final drive. Nothing close to the degree of his left one, which has had to undergo surgery and will keep him out for at least this week, but enough to where he was walking with a noticeable limp for the rest of the drive. And I’m betting it didn’t feel too good the next day, either.

I think I found the play where Roethlisberger was injured and it’s hard not to think Ndamukong Suh kicked Roethlisberger in the shin.

It comes with 21 seconds left in the game. Roethlisberger managed to stay on his feet before tossing an incompletion to Le’Veon Bell. Suh then grabbed Roethlisberger and spun him down at the end of the play, not egregiously, but enough to catch your attention.

If this was any other play, they’d probably earn the benefit of the doubt. But Suh has a long track record of dirty tactics. He’s regarded as one of the league’s dirtiest players and had a, let’s say, foot with a mind of its own. Whether it’s stepping on Aaron Rodgers’ leg, kicking Matt Schaub in the crotch, or from just last month, appearing to kick Alfred Morris’ helmet off.

In 2014, Suh was ejected and suspended for two games after stepping on Packers’ guard Evan Dietrich-Smith’s arm and shoving his helmet into the ground.

Suh was had a very checkered career which makes it all the more plausible to think he was trying to sweep the leg of Roethlisberger. There was no penalty on the play.

You could argue Suh was merely attempting to step and reach Roethlisberger and his foot accidentally caught him. But past history says this may have been an intentional act, especially late in the game when the Dolphins knew they were going to win.

I’ll let you guys be the judge.

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  • CodeNameJerk

    Hell yes that’s intentional I don’t see how you could call it otherwise. ESPECIALLY with Suh’s history. No brainier.

  • George Kroger

    Hey Alex – is the league looking into this incident?

    To me, this is worse than Burfict because Suh actually injured a player (and a QB at that).

  • Alex Kozora

    I have no clue. But I doubt they are.

  • madman

    What caught my eye is how he had DD thrown back like a rag doll.

  • Rob

    More importantly, why does DD look so overmatched? There are so many things not up to par on this team, idk who to look at first.

  • RickM

    I had turned the game off in disgust, so thanks for posting this. Steelers’ fan or not, yes that’s clearly intentional and hard. They should definitely forward the tape to the league for a possible fine.

  • Addison

    People like him and Burfect are sub human bottom feeders. The kind of idiots that declare bankruptcy 5 years after retiring

  • Michael Walsh

    But Goodell is worried about AB pumping…

  • thehugster

    Why is Ben in the game at that point in the first place

  • LucasY59

    I was really frustrated at this time in the game Ben was getting pulled to the ground after every pass attempt (most of the time throwing it away as he already had a Defensive player hanging on him) He was already hurt, there was zero chance of winning (iirc they just gave up the long run/TD) exposing him to a chance to be injured even more (than the noticable limp he already had…) was ridiculous

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    Wow, talkin’ bout “row sham bow.”

  • Jason Kelley

    Cobra Kai!

  • steelburg

    Lmao. I was about to post the samething until I scrolled down and seen your post. Decastro got his money and appears to be taking a year off. He has been the worse lineman on the team so far in this early part of the season that includes the back ups who have been playing. Guys like Hubbard, Finney and even Harris haven’t looked as bad as him in there limited playing time.

  • steelburg

    The bad part about it is both players are good enough without doing all these stupid antics.

  • Rotten Sircus

    I said this on Sunday ..& why wasn’t that reviewed ..?

  • steelmann58

    i want to go off subject but why in the Holy heck is Ben still in there

  • Taylor Williams

    Suh is the best in the league though.

  • Hard Row

    Somebody get Decastro a sandwich. He’s good technically but you can just put a fat guy over him and push him back. It happens too often, and not just against top notch guys like Suh.

  • Applebite

    It’s a double standard, nothing else. A fool would say Suh didn’t do it on purpose. In the position he was in, it’s not even logical that your leg swings out in such a manner.

    Now let the QB be Brady, all hell would break loose in Goodell’s Front Office. Fines and suspensions would be enroute to Suh’s front door. Brady would be carted to the nearest hospital with his own section of the ward cordoned off. All of his RNs would be supermodels….

    Or let the offending player be Harrison, entire NFL swat teams would be moving in to capture him at his locker after the game, for fingerprints as proof of thievery and blood and urine samples for PEDs. And would likely receive fines for being in the general area of said offense. The only football move Harrison can make in Goodell’s NFL is dress properly and look mean. But he better not sack anyone or look a WR in the face. That’s a 15yd penalty and possible ejection.

  • barry wilson

    I didnt understand why the dullard Tomlin still had an injured Ben in the game when it was garbage time

  • LabRat0116

    We judge the SUH is a complete a-hole !

  • J.

    Odds of winning the game at that point are between extremely slim and not a chance so why have Ben on the field at all? Granted they did not realize he was already hurt to the point where he is going to miss games but how bad would they have looked had the injury come on that play? Tomlin will argue he is the ultimate competitor and that is why he still has Ben on the field but sometimes you have to look at the bigger picture.

  • PittsburghSports

    Looks like a kick, but to try and trip him up, not to hurt him. The way we played he should’ve kicked him in the balls.

  • That is Ndamukong Suh, one I the NFL’s strongest men and has earned a hundred million dollar contract for blowing up O lines like this consistently regardless of he lines up against.

  • Hypo Cycloid

    2nd to Aaron Donald

  • Hypo Cycloid

    No doubt an attempt to trip Ben.

  • steelcityinny

    Definitely looks intentional to me. Suh is right there with Burnfict, dirty player. Shuld be banned from the game based on his history.

  • Pat Knotts

    Dirty sob

  • Dshoff

    It’s completely IDIOTIC to have Ben in the game at that point. Each game is a battle, the season is the war. You don’t leave your star qb in a lost battle and risk losing the war.

  • Gloria Burke

    Pig…Enough said.

  • flavius


  • jaweaver14

    actually, he will be RICH for the rest of his life. If instead of using general biases you actually educated yourself on a person and who they are off the field you would know that your statement is completely incorrect as it pertains to Suh. He is a businessman and he has an engineering degree, very smart believe it or not. He’s also buddies with Warren Buffet so I’m sure he’s getting some good advice.

    Not sure that some plays like this make him a “sub human bottom feeder” as you say but if that’s how you choose to judge then have at it. Personally I think he’s just a bad a$$ football player…

  • Jason

    The kick was definitely intentional but it was his left knee that was hurt, not his right one.

  • Jason

    He may be smart but he is an ahole that tries to injure people. Same for Burfict. Both should be suspended multiple games. Both are absolute scumbags!

  • Jason

    equals you are f’n blind man. Stop being a homer and watch the f’n play you clown.

  • SwayneIII

    I’d agree with you on Burfict and the fact that Suh is dirty, but the guy is actually pretty smart and doesnt waste his $ like the Burfict types…

  • ghost

    I don’t see intentional there at all. He’s engaging with the O-lineman and trying to get away. If he was standing on one foot for a kick he would have been knocked over, get a grip you nancies. Not a fan of either team but this is football, there’s going to be flying limbs. Anyone who can says that was intentional is delusional.

  • KrittyCat

    Cause and effect – the kick to his right leg would have put more torque and pressure on the left knee, potentially causing an injury.

  • KrittyCat

    Oh, and teams posting highlights on Twitter.

  • KrittyCat

    The same Brady that Goodell fought to have suspended for four games? You think Goodell would come to bat for him?

    Oookay then.

  • Slade

    Should be getting mad at that gaurd for getting man handled. Plus the guard was holding him while reaching and stepping towards the qb. he isnt going to get fined or suspended

  • jaharthur

    Not a Steelers fan here. Yes, it was intentional.

  • jaharthur

    The left knee injury came first.

  • KrittyCat

    Could have worsened it.

    Without having exact scans of his knee before and after this play, we will never know whether this had a negative effect on the injury, but the possibility stands that it COULD have.

  • kevin spencer

    one of the Steelers gets to kick Steven Ross then we are even.

  • Joe

    He did that to a Patriot’s player too a few years ago, kicked him in the head when he was down out of bounds.

  • FatCheesesteakers

    Yea nothing helps you engage a blocker like using 1 leg. Ben was cocked to throw so Dirty Sue reached and kicked at him to mess it up.

  • Eric Ellis

    Impossible to tell if that was intentional or not. Football is a violent sport and I’m sick of people trying to take the violence out. Suh would be lauded as simply a good hard nosed player back in the 70’s or 80’s when they still played real football. Today’s game is just a pathetic shell of its former greatness.

  • Applebite

    Regardless of that situation, Goodell is still going to protect the best interests of the game. That means ensuring the top name players aka money attractions are available to play.

  • Jason Todd

    Benny hurt it toward the end of the 1st half when J Phillips missed a shoe string tackle.

    Why is it the 1st we are hearing of this is Wed (3 days after the game)? Given Suh’s history, wouldn’t this have been on the Sunday highlight followed by the Sanctimonious Dungy up on his high horse?

    I love squealer fans? Who else every yr about Super Bowl time celebrate a rodent who can allegedly predict the weather?

    This Dolphins fan will rooting for New England & have no qualms about it

  • Jason Todd

    Like there are only angels that wear black & yellow? You’re a shade past totally delusional if you think so.

  • Jason Todd

    Explain to me J Harrison, Pullamalloo, Ham, Lambert, Mel Blount, Joey Porter, Kevin Greene yada yada yada.


  • steelcityinny

    The players you mention did not intentionally try to injure people such as Suh and Burnfict. Maybe you should find another site to troll.