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Were The Lions Really Taunting An Injured Ryan?

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DETROIT - OCTOBER 23: Quarterback Matt Ryan #2 of the Atlanta Falcons is examined after being sacked during the third quarter against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field on October 23, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

DETROIT – OCTOBER 23: Quarterback Matt Ryan #2 of the Atlanta Falcons is examined after being sacked during the third quarter against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field on October 23, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

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After the Falcons stopped Detroit 23-16 on Sunday, word filtered from Atlanta’s locker room that Lions defensive linemen Ndamukong Suh and Cliff Avril taunted quarterback Matt Ryan after he appeared to suffer a serious ankle injury.

CBSSports.com’s Mike Freeman was on the case, writing, “Ryan said he didn’t hear anything, but I find it difficult to believe the Falcons are making this up.” Especially after Roddy White told reporters, “I lost a whole lot of respect for 90 [Suh] today, and also 92 [ Avril], the [bleep] they were doing when Matt got hurt. That was unacceptable. … Like 92 was kicking [Ryan’s] feet, saying, ‘Get him off the field.’ We don’t do stuff like that. We don’t rally over guys when they get hurt. It was just inappropriate behavior. I mean, ‘Get the cart’? Are you serious? Come on. When you compete, you never want to see a guy get hurt.”

Avril responded on Twitter: “Come on I’m not in the business of hurting not one guy on the field… I would never taunt anyone on an injury… But if we want to talk about dirty players look at the film and see who prides themselves on being durty.”

 

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