Police in Oregon say Detroit Lions star defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh crashed his car into a tree in downtown Portland, but was not injured.
Suh, a graduate of Portland’s Grant High School, was the NFL’s 2010 defensive rookie of the year after being the No. 2 overall pick by the Lions.
The NFL suspended him Tuesday for two games for stomping the arm of Packers guard Evan Dietrich-Smith.
Police said Suh was not impaired and was cooperative with officers following the accident at about 1:15 a.m. Saturday.
Suh lost control of the 1970 Chevrolet Coupe he was driving, which then hit a curb, light pole, drinking fountain and tree. His vehicle was towed from the scene.
Suh had two passengers in the vehicle. They were not injured.
No breath tests were performed because Suh was not impaired. No citations were issued, and a cost estimate of damages was not available.
The suspension was the latest blow to Suh’s reputation. A midseason poll of 111 players by The Sporting News identified Suh the NFL’s dirtiest player.
Lions defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham has been one of Suh’s staunchest supporters, calling him a once-in-a-generation talent.
But even Cunningham couldn’t stick up for his defensive tackle when asked Friday to defend his dirty reputation.
“Well, I can’t defend it,” Cunningham said. “I’m sure that the organization’s in charge of that. I coach him, and I love him, and I’ll never change on that. He’s a great man, and I appreciate the (opportunity) I have to coach him.”
RAMS QB UPDATE
The St. Louis Rams activated quarterback Tom Brandstater from the practice squad, reflecting concern about Sam Bradford’s availability for today’s game at San Francisco.
Bradford aggravated a left high ankle sprain in a loss to Seattle on Nov. 20, the same injury that sidelined him for two games earlier in the season. He was very limited in practice Friday.
“I don’t really know what to tell you guys because it’s one of those you hope he gets better every day,” Rams coach Steve Spagnuolo said.
Brandstater was re-signed to the practice squad earlier this week and could be the reserve behind A.J. Feeley. To make room on the roster, linebacker Ben Leber was waived.
After playing the 49ers, the Rams head to Seattle to face the Seahawks on Monday Night Football on Dec. 12.
49ERS’ FUTURE HOME?
The 49ers are a big step closer to moving from San Francisco to a new stadium about 45 miles south in Santa Clara.
The team and City of Santa Clara announced they have secured long-awaited funding for the project, an $850 million loan.
In June 2010, Santa Clara voters approved a plan by the 49ers to build 68,500-seat stadium in their community.
Under the agreement with the team, the city and area hotels would contribute $114 million to the $937 million project next to Great America theme park.
Jed York, president and CEO of the 49ers, has said he is hoping to start construction in January 2013 and open the stadium for the 2015 season.
The Jacksonville Jaguars placed starting cornerback Will Middleton on injured reserve with a knee injury, the third player out for the year at that position, joining Rashean Mathis and Derex Cox. … The Colts promoted tight end Mike McNeill to the active roster, waived offensive lineman Mike Tepper and said tight end Brody Eldridge (hand), fullback Ryan Mahaffey (concussion) and defensive tackle Drake Nevis (back) did not travel to New England for today’s game.