Ndamukong Suh is the luckiest player in the NFL right now. After one of the most dangerous moments in his career, the Detroit Lions defensive star only received a $70,000 fine for his reckless step on the Achilles of Packers' quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
The incident happened in the Week 17 win for the Packers over the Lions which handed Green Bay the NFC North title and a bye in the playoffs.
Suh managed to step on Aaron Rodgers after the Packers QB ended up on the turf following a play. But what seemed like an innocuous situation turned into something more sinister when Suh failed to respond to stepping on Rodgers' leg, with it clearly looking as if Suh stepped down harder when you watch the incident back on replays.
Rodgers speaks out
Rodgers spoke of the incident this week, and he definitely shares the same opinion.
"If you step on somebody, the first reaction seems to be apologizing or looking back and I'm not sure that's what happened," Rodgers told NFL.com.
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Could have been a huge injury
But even worse than the reckless nature of Suh's step on Sunday was the fact that the incident could have easily ended up with a serious injury for the star QB. Rodgers relayed those fears in an honest and frank interview this week, and revealed that he thought he may have suffered a huge injury.
"My initial thought was I popped my Achilles," Rodgers told ESPN.
Calf injury issue
But luckily for Rodgers his Achilles is fine after the incident. The focus for the Green Bay signal caller now turns to the calf injury that caused him problems and forced him out of the NFC North title game in Week 17 for a brief period. The Packers and Rodgers will benefit tremendously from the bye week, and the QB is hoping he recovers from the injury sooner rather than later.
"Can't say either way what percentage it will be," Rodgers added. "But I hope it's going to be feeling better than it was last weekend."