Larry Fitzgerald Says Ndamukong Suh Didn't Poke Him in Eye, Says 'It's All Love'

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistDecember 26, 2018

Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald (11) during the first half of an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Rams, Sunday, Dec. 23, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
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Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald said that Ndamukong Suh didn't poke him in the eye when the Los Angeles Rams faced the Cardinals on Sunday.

In the video Fitzgerald was referencing, Suh was seen grabbing Fitzgerald's facemask and poking either at his eye or around his eye.

In a full video of the incident, however, Fitzgerald can be seen unhooking Suh's chin strip and giving him a playful push before Suh returns the favor.

Suh has a reputation as a dirty player. Among his many past transgressions:

- suspended two games for stomping on Evan Dietrich-Smith's arm in 2011

- fined $30,000 for kicking Matt Schaub in the groin in 2012

- fined $100,000 for blocking John Sullivan low on an interception return in 2013

- suspended one game for stepping on Aaron Rodgers' leg in 2014

"He's a dirty player," current Detroit Lions running back LeGarrette Blount said of Suh in January 2017, per Ryan Wilson of CBS Sports, comments he said in November he stands by. "He's always been a dirty player. He's gonna always be a dirty player. There's no room in the game for that. At some point in time, guys have to defend themselves when [he's] doing the things that he does."

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In this case, however, it appears his back-and-forth with Fitzgerald was simply a case of two friends messing around.