Lions' Ndamukong Suh voted dirtiest NFL player again by his peers in survey

Ndamukong Suh (90) of the Detroit Lions participates in warm-ups before a game against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on October 22, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bears defeated the Lions 13-7.
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In a not-too-stunning turn of events, Ndamukong Suh has been voted the dirtiest player in the NFL by his peers. Again.

In a mid-season Sporting News poll, the Lions defensive tackle was voted dirtiest in the NFL by 32 of the 103 players surveyed. That's a bit lower than the percentage Suh garnered last year, when he received 36 votes in the survey of 111 players.

Suh can add this honor to another dubious distinction he earned this year - last month, he was voted the least liked player in the NFL in a Forbes survey of fans.

Whether you view Suh as dirty or simply aggressive, his rough play has earned him a reputation - not to mention some fines and suspensions. Earlier this season, his violent sack of Bears quarterback Jay Cutler drew outrage among some players and fans - though no fine. (For the record, Cutler said the sack wasn't a dirty play.)

Last year, Suh was fined and suspended two gamesfor stomping Packers lineman Evan Dietrich-Smith after the whistle on Thanksgiving Day.

Said one anonymous NFC defensive player polled by the Sporting News: "Ndamukong Suh. I mean, the step-on and the choke and the kick and the arm bar. Enough said, right?"

Dolphins guard Richie Incognito was deemed the second dirtiest player in the Sporting News survey. Incognito, who got 19 votes, was accused earlier this by Texans defensive lineman Antonio Smith of trying to injure his ankle.

Finishing third in the poll with 14 votes was Rams cornerback Cortland Finnegan - who is well-known for his chippy play.

Rounding out the "dirty" voting list was Steelers linebacker James Harrison (6 votes), Titans offensive lineman David Stewart (3), Eagles defensive end Jason Babin (2) and Steelers safety Ryan Mundy (2).

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