Ndamukong Suh and Jared Allen both were fined for plays they made last weekend. However, Allen is far less vilified for his actions than Suh, though the Vikings defensive end's action ended a player's season.
If you want to see why that is, watch the video accompanying Dan Weiderer's article in the Star Tribune.
Allen clearly doesn't agree with the fine, and I think he makes a good point about how we might not be talking about the incident (or really, either incident) if it were an offensive player taking out a defensive player.
That said, when you watch the video you see something you almost never see with Suh—remorse. Oh, I'm sure if he hurts someone, Suh feels bad. As with the whole "intent" thing, I can't really guess what's in someone's head, but one would imagine as an intelligent human being, he'd feel bad.
Publicly, though, it never seems as if there is any remorse.
Allen clearly feels bad for Lance Louis and for ending his season. He didn't set out to hurt anyone, he doesn't do that on any weekend.
Well, one would think not. I'd go so far as to say 'no he doesn't' having talked to him a handful of times.
However, this is about perception and that's Suh's biggest issue right now. Not honing his skills, overcoming injury or exhaustion—it's what people think about him.
And lest you think that's ridiculous, consider that he may have just been fined for incidental contact. The shot to Matt Schaub's groin looks for the most part to be completely unintentional but it's Ndamukong Suh—the guy who kicked a Packer last Thanksgiving—so he's always fighting that image.
It's going to take time for it to blow over, if it ever does. It may not, because the media loves a good story and it generates reads.
I'm writing about it now, so perhaps I'm as much a part of the issue as anyone.
For as much as he has apologized for the 'stomp', when things happen now, Suh merely says 'I didn't mean it'.
He needs to take the next step if he wants to clean up his image, get less bad press, less fines and most importantly less flags.
Next time he says 'it was an accident' he should probably add "I'm sorry it happened."
Saying you're sorry it happened is not saying you meant to do it.
I bet it would go a long way toward making his life easier and every one of us in the media write "Dirty Suh" headlines less.
On to the rest of the NFC North.
Lance Briggs will not entertain the idea of missing this week's game against the Seahawks, according to Michael Wright of ESPN Chicago.
Sean Jensen of Sun-Times says Matt Forte's ankle is nowhere near as bad as it was when he hurt it earlier this season.
Brandon Marshall has been the main focus of the offense all season, but Vaughn McClure of the Tribune says this week Earl Bennett is looking to change that up.
MLive.com's Justin Rogers says while Nick Fairley has played well, head coach Jim Schwartz isn't ready to name him the starter, yet.
Brandon Pettigrew has once again been plagued by fumbles and drops this season, but the Free Press' Carlos Monarrez says he's working on fixing it.
Back at MLive, Anwar Richardson reports that Cliff Avril is unhappy with his performance this season.
Green Bay Packers
The Journal-Sentinel's Tom Silverstein says the offensive line knows it needs to play better.
Comparisons between the Vikings' Percy Harvin and Randall Cobb make a lot of sense, but we probably won't get a chance to watch them in the same game this weekend, according to Weston Hodkiewicz of the Press-Gazette.
CheeseheadTV.com's Zach Kruse gives us some things to watch in the Vikings-Packers game and a prediction as well!
1500 ESPN's Tom Pelissero reports that with his contract up, cornerback Antoine Winfield could make himself a lot of money in the next month.
Robert Smith says in today's Pioneer Press that if Adrian Peterson stays healthy, he'll set records.
Ben Goessling of the Pioneer Press writes that stopping the Packers' receivers is the key to stopping the Packers.
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