Lions rookie defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh grabbed Jake Delhomme’s face mask, twisted it, wrapped his arms around the Browns quarterback’s head, and slammed him to the ground.
It was hard to watch — in real time or instant replay.
The Browns hope the NFL looks at it again.
Cleveland coach Eric Mangini expects the league to review Suh’s rough treatment of Delhomme in Saturday’s exhibition game in Detroit.
In the second quarter, Delhomme was scrambling out of the pocket when he was grabbed by Suh, the No. 2 overall pick in April’s draft. Suh flung the 35-year-old to the ground, and Delhomme got up waving his arms in protest. Suh was assessed a 15-yard penalty for the infraction, which seemed severe enough to warrant an ejection.
Mangini said yesterday he will ask the league to investigate the play, but he assumed it would do so anyway.
League spokesman Gregg Aiello said in an e-mail the play was being reviewed.
“I was just going after the ball, and I had no clue that he had gotten rid of it,’’ Suh said. “I’ve gotten personal fouls before, but that was in college, and they can’t fine you there.’’
Browns backup quarterback Seneca Wallace called for Suh to be suspended.
“It put the quarterback at risk, but I’m not the official,’’ Mangini said.