Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan somehow avoided serious injury when his left leg was stepped on by teammate Will Svitek (filling in for Sam Baker at left tackle) during Sunday’s 23-16 win over the Lions.
Jeff Schulz of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that while Ryan was on the Ford Field turf, several Falcons players claim Lions defensive end Cliff Avril and defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh were taunting Ryan.
“I had respect for Suh before the game,” Falcons center Todd McClure said. “But when Matt was on the ground, the things he was saying and the trash he was talking was definitely uncalled for. There are certain things you don’t do. (Suh allegedly said), ‘Get the cart’ and several other things that I can’t repeat.”
Falcons Pro Bowl wide receiver Roddy White also spoke out about Suh and Avril’s behavior.
“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.”
Ryan would return to the game later in the quarter and hit Harry Douglas for 49 yards on a 3rd-and-8 play to set up a Matt Bryant field goal to extend the Falcons’ lead to 11 points.