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 NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport that Suh’s absence isn’t contract related and that Suh will be in town when required for minicamp.
Ndamukong Suh is staying away from #Lions offseason conditioning. It’s not contract related. It’s the same every year. Will be at mini-camp
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 10, 2014
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.
Caldwell said he was not blindsided by Suh not being here. Had conversations with him. #Lions
— Michael Rothstein (@mikerothstein) April 10, 2014
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.