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Report: Ndamukong Suh’s Absence Not Related to Contract, Will Be at Minicamp

The start of the Detroit Lions’ offseason program brought about more Ndamukong Suh drama as the star defensive tackle didn’t show for the voluntary workouts. This caused consternation among people predisposed to questioning everything the man does and while it would certainly be a good step for a team captain to make an appearance, his absence will ultimately not mean anything when the season kicks off.

After all, Suh is and always has been in terrific shape, depsite routinely not participating in the team’s voluntary workouts throughout his career. Adding to the non-story nature comes today’s report from’s Ian Rapoport that Suh’s absence isn’t contract related and that Suh will be in town when required for minicamp.

No coaching activities can take place during this first phase of the offseason program – activities are limited to strength and conditioning – so there isn’t really anything Suh is missing that he can’t take care of on his own. Jim Caldwell did address the team but he and Suh have spoken in the past and there isn’t any reason to suspect that Suh is trying to play any games with his new head coach.

Perhaps there is a missed opportunity for some team comradery but Suh’s teammates will have an opportunity to voice their opinion on the matter when votes for next season’s captains are cast.

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  • Herman Moore

    How could it be contract related? Suh is already under contract for 2014.

    • jack_sprat2

      Because the Lions kept rolling the cap numbers forward. Now, they’ve run out of places in which to put that money, so they either give him an extension now, so that they can fiddle with the numbers, or they’ll have to eat the pig all at once. Personally, I’m all for ham and bacon right now, so that things can get on a more even keel, going forward, but I’ve no insight into how that may or may not dovetail with the F/O’s plans.