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Police amend, close Suh accident case

Associated Press / December 7, 2011
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Police in Portland, Ore., said yesterday they have no plans to further investigate a car accident involving Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh after two women claimed they suffered injuries in the wreck.

The women, who were not identified in a police report, came forward a day after the early Saturday morning accident to say they had been injured. The police report was amended to include the claims.

Suh, who went to Grant High School in Portland and later played for Nebraska, is serving a two-game NFL-imposed suspension for stomping on Packers guard Evan Dietrich-Smith during a Thanksgiving Day game. He is not allowed to take part in team activities while on suspension.

Suh had returned to Portland from the Pac-12 championship game in Eugene when the accident occurred at 1:14 a.m. Saturday. In the police report, Suh said he lost control of his 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle when he tried to go around a parked taxi and crashed into a light pole, a water fountain, and a tree.

Suh called 911 to report the accident and police at the scene said he was cooperative and did not appear to be intoxicated or show any other sign of impairment. No one at the scene reported any injuries in the crash, which drew a large number of spectators from a nearby nightclub.

No citation was issued in the accident.

One of the women was quoted in the amended police report as stating speed caused the accident.

“He was driving too fast and reckless all the time,’’ the report quoted the woman as saying. “There was never a taxi. He was just going too fast and he could have killed someone at Dante’s [nightclub].’’

Moffitt suspended

Seahawks rookie guard John Moffitt was suspended for four games without pay for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing substances. The league announced the suspension will begin immediately even though Moffitt is on injured reserve and out for the season with a right knee injury. He will not be paid for the final four weeks of the season. Moffitt’s agent, Michael George, said that Moffitt’s suspension was due to his use of a prescription drug used to treat hyperactivity. George said that Adderall - the drug that Moffitt used - is banned under the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances, unless a player has pre-approval from the league . . . Lions tight end Brandon Pettigrew said he’s sorry for his actions in last weekend’s loss at New Orleans. Pettigrew was called for a personal foul in the fourth quarter of Detroit’s 31-17 loss. He made contact with an official who was trying to get between him and Saints safety Roman Harper after the whistle. “I want to sincerely apologize to my teammates, my coaches, the Lions organization, fans and the NFL for my actions during the game on Sunday. In the heat of competition, I allowed my emotions to get the best of me,’’ Pettigrew said . . . NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is planning to attend this weekend’s Vikings-Lions game in Detroit and will hold a fan forum before the game.

Forte disappointed

Bears star running back Matt Forte isn’t sure when he’ll return from a sprained right knee. His status for the rest of the season is in question after he left in the first quarter of Sunday’s loss to the Chiefs with a sprained medial collateral ligament. Forte said players with injuries like his generally miss 2-6 weeks. “It’s disappointing,’’ said Forte, who has started all 60 games since he was drafted in 2008. “It’s going to be my first game missed in my entire career. I’ve been playing going on four years and haven’t missed a game. I’m not excited about that.’’ . . . Steelers nose tackle Chris Hoke’s neck injury may force him to miss the rest of the season. Hoke visited with doctors Monday to take a second look at the stinger the 10-year veteran sustained Oct. 16 and several teammates said they’re preparing to finish the year without Hoke . . . Browns quarterback Colt McCoy, who sprained his right knee in the first quarter of Sunday’s loss to Baltimore, is practicing and expects to start tomorrow night against the Steelers . . . Falcons cornerback Brent Grimes has been ruled out of Sunday’s game at Carolina while he recovers from minor knee surgery . . . The Panthers placed starting defensive tackles Sione Fua (right hamstring strain) and Terrell McClain (sprained left knee) on injured reserve and signed Ogemdi Nwagbuo and Jason Shirley to replace them . . . The Texans cut quarterback Kellen Clemens and placed punter Brett Hartmann on injured reserve because of a torn left anterior cruciate ligament . . . The NFL’s finance committee has voted unanimously to recommend Shahid Khan’s bid to buy the Jaguars to the full ownership committee for a vote next week . . . The Packers kicked off a rare stock sale to help pay for another round of renovations at Lambeau Field, giving anyone a shot at becoming an NFL owner for $250 per share.

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