Suh's impact goes beyond the stat sheet
ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- If you don’t believe that statistics lie, consider the case of Ndamukong Suh.
Suh has no sacks in the first three games, but you can make the case that he’s been as dominant as almost any player in the NFL.
ProFootballFocus.com, which breaks down game tape every week, ranks Suh as the top defensive tackle so far.
“He’s played outstanding,” Lions coach Jim Schwartz said Wednesday following practice. “It’s more so been the affect that he’s had on offenses. He’s created plays for other defensive players than filling the stat sheet himself.
“He’s been very consistent and has made an impact in every game. A couple forced interceptions, some of the sacks we’ve gotten have been directly related to him, some of the throwaways. He’s been very good.”
Sometimes all of that gets lost in the controversy surrounding Suh.
The Lions have six sacks, including 2.5 by rookie defensive end Ezekiel “Ziggy” Ansah.
Much of the credit for Ansah’s quick start goes to the 6-foot-4, 307-pound beast playing inside.
Suh has been putting tremendous pressure on quarterbacks. He just hasn’t been able to finish yet himself.
“It doesn’t bother me at all,” said Suh, who had 10 sacks as a rookie in 2010, four in 2011 and eight last year. “I can have no sacks, no statistics, as long as we’re winning games and I’m a part of it.
“It’s fun for me to feed people plays. It’s exciting. It’s showing up on someone else’s stat sheet, just not under my name, which is fine. I don’t need the glory or anything like that. I’m humble enough and excited enough and good enough just with the wins to be satisfied.”
Suh will get his first shot to try to exploit the Chicago Bears’ revamped offensive line when the division rivals meet Sunday in Detroit.
The Bears used a first-round draft pick this year, No. 20 overall, on offensive guard Kyle Long out of Oregon.
The twice-a-year matchup against Suh was one of the reasons the Bears needed to improve the middle of their offensive line.
“We’ll see how well prepared he is to block me when we play on Sunday,” Suh said. “I just forward to and digest whoever I have in front of me.
“It’s always nice to be noticed. It’s something they felt like they needed to do. They did it. I look forward to the challenge.”
On how the appeal on his $100,000 fine for a low block in the opening game went Tuesday with the NFL:
“I have no clue. Not heard anything back, just have to wait and see. They said what they wanted to say. I said what I had to say. We’ll just wait for the decision.”
• On video coming out seven days after the Lions’ second game that showed him knocking Arizona offensive lineman Eric Winston to the ground with an elbow to the head:
“To me, it’s really petty. The game’s over with. Me and Winston had great interaction throughout the game. There’s no bad blood there. I look forward to playing against him, if we see them in the playoffs or down the road.”
• On whether he was asked about the Winston incident during the appeal hearing:
Running back Reggie Bush, who missed last Sunday’s game because of a knee injury, said he fully participated in Wednesday’s practice.
“It was good,” he said. “It feels like it’s been forever.”
Bush reiterated that he expects to be in the lineup against the Bears.
Asked whether he might be used more in the slot to help make up for the loss of Nate Burleson, Bush said, “Probably, I could see that.”
Receiver Patrick Edwards (ankle) and offensive tackle Jason Fox (groin) also returned to practice. Edwards missed last week while Fox hadn’t practice since getting injured in the season opener.
• Receiver Calvin Johnson (knee), offensive guard Rob Sims (shoulder) and safety Louis Delmas (knee) were held out of practice, presumably for precautionary reasons. There’s no indication any of them will miss the next game.
• Television talk-show host Jimmy Fallon followed through on his promise and donated $10,000 to the Make-A-Wish Foundation in recognition of tight end Joseph Fauria’s ‘N Sync touchdown dance.
• Cornerback Chris Greenwood, a fifth-round draft pick last year, was signed by the Dallas Cowboys off the Lions’ practice squad. Greenwood never got a chance to show the Lions what he could do because of injuries.
• Rookie Sam Martin was named NFC special teams player of the week, the first time a Lions’ punter has received the honor since Jim Arnold in 1993. Martin had a 72-yard punt at Washington.
• The Lions released Justin Bannan and replaced him with another defensive tackle, D’Anthony Smith, who was claimed off waivers from Seattle. Smith (6-foot-2, 298 pounds) was a third-round draft pick by Jacksonville in 2010 coming out of Louisiana Tech. He has been injured much of his career.