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July 28, 2013

Suh says a new deal from Lions not on mind

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ALLEN PARK, Mich. —

Suh appears to be doing his part to earn another big payday.

Teammates and coaches have noticed him taking on a larger leadership role, especially on the defensive line. The unit is without some veterans — Kyle Vanden Bosch, Cliff Avril, Corey Williams and Lawrence Jackson — it had last year.

Suh will have one familiar face next to him on the line, defensive tackle Nick Fairley, and a lot of new ones. Rookies Ziggy Ansah and Devin Taylor along with veterans Jason Jones, Israel Idonije and C.J. Mosley are among the newcomers.

Even though Mosely has been in the NFL for eight seasons, Suh gave the first-year Lions defensive tackle some tips before he took his turn during a drill on the second day of training camp.

“It seems like he’s opening up to more people and is willing to become more of a leader,” Lions center Dominic Raiola said. “There were a lot of expectations on Ndamukong as a young guy, getting thrown in the mix like he was supposed to be the savior of the defense, when he got here. Now, I think he’s ready to embrace anything thrown his way.”

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