By: Pat Caputo

Ndamukong Suh didn’t show up for the start of the Lions’ off season program. The workouts are voluntary, but the vast majority of NFL players participate. Why? Because they genuinely care about their team winning, not just their personal goals. Suh is sending out a terrible message with his absence, especially considering he was one of the Lions’ captains last year. Maybe he shouldn’t be any more.

These are three reasons why.

1. This week is a fresh beginning for the Lions, their first gathering under a new head coach Jim Caldwell, who is trying to implement his program. Where is Suh, as one of the team’s alleged leaders, to lead the way? Not there.

2. The Lions would like to sign Suh to a contract extension, but he is signed through this coming season. His salary cap hit is $22.4 million. He is signed for the year and hardly underpaid.

3. It has caused an unnecessary distraction for the Lions, and the last thing they need after their decidedly disappointing 2013 season.


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