Pulling hair leads to penalty against Lions’ Suh

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

rules.

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.