The Detroit Lions are routinely labeled as the NFL’s dirtiest team. But this weekend it was the Vikings who acted like low-down thugs. At least according to Lions cornerback Chris Houston.
The alleged dirty deed happened on Adrian Peterson’s backbreaking fourth quarter 61-yard TD run. As Houston describes, “Lineman just fell on my ankle on purpose. I went to cut him, and as he went down, he put both knees on my ankle on purpose. It’s part of the game.” Houston was forced to leave the game because of the injury.
Houston refused to call out the guilty Viking player by name, explaining that he didn’t actually see who it was. Review of the tape reveals the “culprit” to be right guard Brandon Fusco. We’ll have to take Houston’s word for it that there was vicious intent behind the play, because the tape reveals nothing except that Fusco fell on him.
Houston’s ankles may be hurting today, but his pride is probably smarting more after the way Christian Ponder tore up Detroit’s secondary. Instead of looking for Vikings to slam for alleged dirty play, maybe Detroit’s defensive players should look at themselves? Just a suggestion.
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