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Lions defensive tackle hits below the belt in loss

– The left cleat of Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh connected with Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub in his groin area in their Thanksgiving game, which the Texans won 34-31 in overtime.

It wasn’t clear on replays Thursday whether it was intentional.

“I really don’t have anything to say about that play or that person,” Schaub said.

Suh was on his chest, taken down by an offensive lineman, when he extended his left foot below Schaub’s belt. Suh didn’t talk to reporters after the game.

Last year on Thanksgiving, Suh was ejected for stomping on the right arm of Green Bay offensive lineman Evan Dietrich-Smith and was suspended for two games.

Suh has been fined in previous seasons for roughing up quarterbacks: Cincinnati’s Andy Dalton, Chicago’s Jay Cutler and Cleveland’s Jake Delhomme.

Roethlisberger, wife welcome son

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and his wife Ashley are giving thanks for their new bundle of joy.

Benjamin Roethlisberger Jr. arrived Wednesday at 10:06 p.m., according to the athlete’s website. The couple’s first child weighed 7 pounds, 1 ounce, and was just over 19 inches long.

Roethlisberger, who made an appearance Thursday at a team facility, posted that mother and baby boy were doing well.

Around the league

Buffalo cornerback Leodis McKelvin apologized after confirming he had been ticketed $75 for refusing to follow a crew member’s order to turn off his cellphone during a flight from New York to Buffalo on Tuesday. … Denver cornerback Tracy Porter (seizure) practiced fully Thursday and will travel to Kansas City with the team on Sunday. … San Diego said its home game against Baltimore will be blacked out in Southern California because more than 9,000 tickets remained unsold 72 hours before kickoff.

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