Scanning the Savanna

Detroit Lions rookie defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh leads a double life.

Monday through Saturday, Suh is a mild-mannered, multimillion-dollar businessman.

On Sundays, Suh’s alter-ego takes control and wreaks havoc on his opponents.

The Detroit Lions’ defensive linemen hope Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman gets a little greedy.

Lions coach Jim Schwartz was optimistic Landon Johnson could return from the neck injury that got him carted off the field last Sunday in time for this week’s game at Tampa Bay.

But Johnson hasn’t practiced this week, because of the injury and a virus floating around team headquarters, leaving Bobby Carpenter to take first-team reps at outside linebacker.

In the 1993 offseason, the Lions attempted to compensate for the tragic death of All-Pro guard Eric Andolsek—and freak paralysis of G Mike Utley—by signing three free agent linemen: Dave Lutz, Bill Fralic, and Dave Richards. I clearly remember the newspaper headline that echoed a quote from a coach: “Lions Add ‘900 Pounds of Beef’.” The gambit didn’t work, and the Lions have been frantically sandbagging the offensive line ever since.

Tags: Bobby Carpenter Detroit Lions Josh Freeman Ndamukong Suh Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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