Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh faces discipline from the NFL for diving at Minnesota Vikings center John Sullivan's knees during Sunday's game, ESPN reported.
Suh was penalized 15 yards for an illegal block during an interception return by Lions linebacker DeAndre Levy, who scored an apparent touchdown that gave Detroit the lead. But the play was nullified because of Suh's illegal low block against Sullivan away from the play.
Suh insisted that he was only trying to make a block.
"I wasn't by any means going for his knees," Suh said after Detroit's 34-24 win. "He knows that. We had a great conversation running out at halftime, and he understood. My aim was his waist to cut him off."
Sullivan said he did not see Suh coming and that he was surprised he did not receive a serious injury on the play.
Vikings coach Leslie Frazier said he did not see the play but his players told him about it.
"Nobody thought that was a good play, and the fact they got a penalty because of it tells you it wasn't a good play," Frazier said. "You hate to see guys go low on players. You've seen the results of it, so it's not a good thing when it happens."
Vikings defensive end Jared Allen also objected to Suh's low block.
"(Suh) is a good dude, but that's uncalled for," Allen said. "This is a fraternity. In the NFL, you try to take care of guys. Things happen, and guys are going to make hits. But you can't take a dude's legs out from behind on an interception return down the field.
"He plays hard. I like his style of play. But if you end a guy's career like that, it's just uncalled for."
Suh was suspended two games in 2011 for stomping on Green Bay Packers offensive lineman Evan Dietrich-Smith's arm during a Thanksgiving Day game.
He also drew a fine when he kicked Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub in the groin during their game last Thanksgiving.
---Geno Smith will have an opportunity to follow up his solid regular-season debut, with New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan announcing the rookie will start at quarterback Thursday night at the New England Patriots.
Smith completed 24 of 38 passes for 256 yards with one touchdown and one interception in Sunday's 18-17 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He was also the Jets' leading rusher with 47 yards on six carries.
There was little doubt he would get the start against the Patriots with Mark Sanchez set to see Dr. James Andrews this week to be evaluated for a partially torn labrum in his right shoulder. Sanchez also reportedly suffered a dislocated shoulder when he was injured during the preseason.
---X-rays taken on Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo came back negative and he is expected to play Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Romo was helped off the field and sat out the team's final offensive play of the first half of Sunday night's 36-31 win over the New York Giants when he was sandwiched by Giants defensive linemen Mathias Kiwanuka and Justin Trattou.
The Cowboys announced that Romo had the "wind knocked out of him" and he returned for the second half.
In other Cowboys' news, wide receiver Dez Bryant sustained a minor ankle/foot sprain Sunday night.
ESPNDallas.com reported Monday that X-rays on Bryant's foot came back negative and he has a minor sprain.
Also, Dallas owner Jerry Jones accused the New York Giants of faking injuries in an attempt to slow down his fast-paced team in the second quarter.
The Giants lost linebacker Dan Connor to a neck injury and Cullen Jenkins to an apparent shoulder injury on consecutive plays. Jones thought the Giants were simply trying to stall the Cowboys.
Connor, who had similar injuries last season with Dallas, did not return to the game. Jenkins jogged off the field and quickly returned.
---The New York Giants are trying out veteran running backs Brandon Jacobs, Willis McGahee and Joe McKnight after struggling against the Dallas Cowboys Sunday night.
David Wilson was benched after rushing for just 19 yards and losing two fumbles. As a whole, the Giants were mediocre on the ground with 50 yards on 14 carries.