Lions rookie Ndamukong Suh grabbed a handful of Marion Barber’s
long-flowing dreadlocks and yanked the Dallas Cowboys running back
to the ground.
Then came a penalty flag, though hair-pulling isn’t against the
Lions coach Jim Schwartz said after the 35-19 loss that referees
told him that the penalty was a personal foul for a horse-collar
tackle. Replays, however, showed that Suh grabbed Barber’s hair,
not the shoulder pads.
”They said he didn’t pull his hair, that they got a
horse-collar,” Schwartz said. ”I saw what you saw. That was a
huge penalty. It gave them another chance.”
The penalty early in the fourth quarter gave Dallas a first down
at the Detroit 5, setting up Jon Kitna’s 4-yard touchdown pass to
Miles Austin for a 28-19 lead.
”You could tell that he pulled his hair,” defensive tackle
Corey Williams said. ”But they made that call and that’s what it
is. … There is nothing we can do about it. Once the ref makes the
call, they make the final call.”
There was another horse-collar penalty called on the Lions
against Barber later in the game. Replays showed Julian Peterson
did commit that foul.