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Who Are the NFL's Biggest Problem Children?

Dan PizzutaContributor IIIFebruary 13, 2013

Who Are the NFL's Biggest Problem Children?

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    Problem children in the NFL are almost as synonymous as helmets at this point.

    There's always going to be players disagreeing with teammates and coaches. With so many outlets of social media, the odds are exponentially increasing of an NFL player saying something regretful and getting punished for it.

    The following players are some of the most known troublemakers in the league. Some of them are on here for different reasons. Not all of these guys are terrible teammates or train wrecks off the field—although some are.

    For every class act in the NFL, there's going to be someone else getting suspended for conduct detrimental to the team.

Titus Young

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    Who beter to start this list off?

    Unhappy with his role in the offense, Young spent a game against the Packers intentionally lining up in the wrong place multiple times.

    This encounter led Lions center Dominic Raiola to go on an expletive-laced rant to the media against Young and his actions.

    The original incident got Young benched during the game in question. Young was then asked to stay away from the team for two weeks. He was then placed on injured reserve for the remainder of the season.

    Young was recently claimed off waivers by the St. Louis Rams, where he won't have Calvin Johnson lining up on the other side, or whichever side Young decides to line up on.

Ndamukong Suh

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    As long as Suh keeps his feet on the ground during Thanksgiving and away from behind the wheel of a car, he should be fine. The problem is, those two things have rarely happened.

    Off the field, Suh continues to get tickets from multiple incidents in his car, the most recent in November. This follows a minor car accident a month prior and another accident where he drove into a tree the previous December.

    Suh also has a history of being considered a dirty player on the field. Suh was suspended in 2011 after stomping on the face of Green Bay Packers offensive lineman Evan Dietrich-Smith during a game on Thanksgiving.

    This year on Thanksgiving, Suh's foot ended up hitting Texans quarterback Matt Schaub below the belt—though Suh claims it was not on purpose.

Dez Bryant

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    For the most part, Bryant behaved during the 2012 season. It only took some strict off-field rules to make that happen.

    Bryant wasn't allowed to stay out past midnight, drink any alcohol or attend any strip clubs. When your team needs to make specific rules like that to keep you from getting in trouble, you're probably a problem child.

    These rules stemmed from an incident in July, in which Bryant was accused of slapping his mother.

    Bryant's future behavior could depend on whether the Cowboys allow him to be on his own next season or keep the rules in place because they worked well and kept him out of trouble in 2012.

Percy Harvin

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    Percy Harvin has a reputation of being unpleasant when he's not being used the way he wants to be used, and apparently the Minnesota Vikings have had enough.

    The Vikings will reportedly be actively shopping Harvin during the offseason. Harvin must be a sizable distraction for the team to consider trading him, considering he was the team's MVP early in the season before he got hurt.

    Let's face it, you probably can't name two other receivers on the Vikings. Christian Ponder can't either.

    The possibility of a trade seems to stem from an altercation Harvin had with head coach Leslie Frazier in December, about a month after he was injured.

Brandon Jacobs

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    It's somewhat strange to see the above picture of Jacobs actually being on the field in a 49ers jersey since that was such a rare sight this season.

    So rare, it led Jacobs to tell the world via social media he was rotting away on San Francisco's bench. That got him suspended for the final three games of the season and eventually led to him being cut before the Niners made their run to the Super Bowl.

    Jacobs is no stranger to conduct possibly detrimental to his team. In April, he was apart of something called "Death Race 2012" that took place on the Garden State Parkway in New Jersey—so there's that.

James Harrison

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    Harrison has always held the impression of being a dirty player. When NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell started implementing fines on helmet to helmet hits, Harrison seemed to be getting fined almost every week.

    The fines had little impact on how Harrison played and he would continue to lead with his head on tackles if he wanted, regardless of on- and off-field penalties.

    In addition, Harrison has also decided he won't be giving the Pittsburgh Steelers a hometown discount to restructure his contract this offseason to help with Pittsburgh's cap situation.

    Harrison will be 35 years old in May, but apparently, like the helmet-to-helmet hits, he doesn't care.

Chad Johnson

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    Chad Johnson has yet to officially retire, so technically he's still eligible to be on this list—and as long as he's eligible, he's going to make it.

    When we last saw Johnson around an NFL team, he was in Joe Philbin's office getting cut from the Miami Dolphins after head-butting his fiance during an argument.

    Add that to the other diva antics he had in Cincinnati and New England, and Johnson could continue to be on this list even after he retires.

Randy Moss

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    Moss was surprisingly quiet for most of this season.

    Then Media Day came around during Super Bowl week and glimpses of the old Randy Moss came out. Moss claimed he was the best receiver in NFL history—apparently forgetting Jerry Rice existed.

    Moss makes this list on past reputation considering he was, for the most part, under control this year.

    Still, the Randy Moss of old might be one of the greatest problem children of all time. Caterers in Minnesota are still scared to bring food to the locker room after Vikings games.

Darrelle Revis

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    Before you get upset and start hitting the comments and claiming Revis is a saint along the lines of Dorothy Mantooth, take in a couple facts.

    This isn't saying Revis is a problem along the lines of Titus Young and Chad Johnson, but Revis has not exactly made life easy for the Jets.

    Revis held out of training camp in 2010 for 36 days before reporting, thanks to a new contract extension.

    Revis was a threat to hold out before training camp in 2012, but ultimately reported on time.

    Now, Revis wants to become the highest paid defensive player in the NFL in his next contract. The problem is, he's coming off a torn ACL.

    Will Revis report to camp or hold out again so he can get a deal before he has to show if he will be 100 percent or not coming back from injury? With the Jets in an awful salary cap situation, there might not be anything the team can do right now.

    The Jets wouldn't have to worry about Revis if he just showed up in camp and played whenever he was ready to come back without making a fuss about his next contract, but he probably won't.

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