A’Shawn Robinson ejected for punch, Lions say Steelers played ‘dirty’
Lions defensive tackle A’Shawn Robinson walks off the field after getting ejected against Pittsburgh on Sunday night. (Mike Mulholland | MLive.com)
DETROIT — Asked point-blank if he thought the Steelers played dirty, Akeem Spence didn’t hesitate.
“I think it was,” the Detroit Lions defensive tackle said after a 20-15 loss Sunday at Ford Field. He went so far as to say he believed Pittsburgh took “head shots” at him throughout the game. He singled out center Maurkice Pouncey for one such play, saying Pouncey dove for his legs as guard Ramon Foster engaged him up top.
“I got high-lowed a couple times,” he said. “Guys came back around, chopped me in the legs. It was just a mean football game man.”
Spence said the game was chippy from start to finish, which is what led to a fight as Pittsburgh tried to run the clock out in the closing seconds. Lions defensive tackle A’Shawn Robinson was ejected for throwing a punch, and it appeared multiple Detroit players ran onto the field to join the melee.
They could face punishments, according to coach Jim Caldwell.
“We’ll figure it out, and those guys will be punished and dealt with accordingly,” Caldwell said. “Something that shouldn’t happen.”
Spence insisted the Lions did nothing dirty on the play. They fired off the ball as Pittsburgh took a knee, in case there was a fumble in the one-score game, but did not take cheap shots. Tempers flared anyway.
“Guys had been taking shots at us all game,” Spence said. “I don’t know what happened on the other side. I can’t really speak on it, but I know I’m going to take care of my guys and my guys are going to take care of me and let the chips fall where they may.”