Chris Houston was hurt on a 61 yard rushing touchdown by Adrian Peterson. Houston had this to say about his injury, “Linemen just fell on my ankle on purpose. I went to cut him, and as he went down, he put both knees on my ankle on purpose. It’s part of the game.” Houston said he didn’t see which Vikings defensive lineman it was that landed on him. Houston left the game on a cart, but would later say that he was okay.
Matthew Stafford pointed the blame on the Vikings for targeting receiver Calvin Johnson, who earlier in the week said he was recovering from “nerve damage”. “Obviously, you never like to see anybody get hit in the head, It’s a part of our game that they’re trying to get rid of,” Stafford said.
Johnson didn’t feel the Vikings were targeting his head. The Lions receiver also said his first fumble of the season had nothing to do with the hard shots he had taken during the game. Despite the head hunting for Johnson, he put up a career high in receptions with 12.
Earlier this month, Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh was named the dirtiest player in the NFL. Are the Lions being targeted by other teams because of their own dirty play? Were the Vikings hits all justified? Share your thoughts below. Here’s hoping the Lions don’t use cheap shots as an excuse for the loss and their 2012 losing record.