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Newton and Suh continue to hype Carolina Panthers v Detroit Lions

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It seems that in football, it is always the Quarterbacks who start the big stories and this one has originated from the Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton.

It is a well known fact in the NFL that Newton is not a fan of press conferences but he has used his pre Detroit Lions game conference to have some fun.

After missing the Panthers opening week win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Newton seems set to make his season début this Sunday against the Lions.

So when the much expected question of how his injured rib and ankle were, he decided to give us the first memorable quote from the new season.

Newton said: "My main focus right now is focusing on the Detroit Lions. I think I’ve got my hands full trying to find ways to stay protected [from] Donkey Kong Suh and my fellow Auburn team-mate, Nick Fairley.”

Yes its a funny response to a question that Newton clearly didn't want to answer, but if you think Newton said it just once, you're wrong.

Newton used the exact same phrase when the issues of his contract status or his feelings about missing the Tampa Bay game.

The part that has provided the most hype for this weekend's game however is his 'pronunciation' of Lions Defensive Tackle Ndamukong Suh's name.

Calling him Donkey Kong is somewhat comical, disrespectful and will surely make any tussle between the two on Sunday worth talking about.

No barrels thrown

The original Donkey Kong may have been known for tossing barrels around but Suh's reaction to Newton's jokes have been much more tame.

After the Carolina Quarterback's quotes on Wednesday, Suh must have known the questions were coming when he attended Thursday's weekly media session.

He arrived with his cell phone to his ear and pretty much didn't interact with the media in attendance.

It was all a show to avoid Suh saying any quotes he may later regret but it has in fact made it look like Suh has something planned for the former Heisman Trophy winner.

Who knows what could come from their situation, surely if Suh is able to sack Newton once or twice on Sunday, the media will find some exciting headlines for the scenario in the following days.

As for Newton, he could be hoping history doesn't repeat itself from a year ago where the Lions defensive line played one of their best games against the Green Bay Packers following Packers Offensive Lineman Josh Sitton calling them scumbags and dirtbags before the game.

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