Late in the third quarter of last night's Ravens-Steelers game, Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs put a questionable hit on Steelers running back LeGarrette Blount, and Blount is not happy about it.
The play in question saw Suggs diving at the back of Blount's legs after the running back had already been wrapped and stood up by multiple Ravens defenders. After the game, Suggs defended himself against accusations of dirty play. From the Baltimore Sun:
"He was running, he was still up and he was moving the pile," Suggs said. "I assessed the play, and that was the only way I could get him down without him gaining more yards. I wasn't trying to get him hurt. I was just trying to get the big guy down."
Blount was still upset about the play after the game, and called out Suggs for having a reputation as a dirty player:
"I don't know what [Suggs] was doing," Blount said. "I don't know what he was thinking. He's known to be a dirty player. As long as he does that he's going to continue to have people come after him and do whatever we did to get in his head."
Steelers offensive tackle Marcus Gilbert was calling for Suggs to be fined by the league, but this play might be a tough one to punish. Technically, the play was still live and Suggs had the right to hit Blount, even if there was no reason whatsoever for him to go diving into Blount's knees. Whatever the case, Suggs seems to understand one thing that guys like Vontaze Burfict don't: The best dirty players are the ones who can play like assholes still leave themselves some room to get away with it.