Ndamukong Suh returns against Oakland Raiders
Suh, last year's Defensive Rookie of the Year, is back from a two-game suspension for stomping on Green Bay lineman Evan Dietrich-Smith on national television on Thanksgiving Day.
Carlisle was asked if he might try to antagonize a guy with a temper to knock him off his game.
"I don't think so," he said, laughing. "I don't think so."
What's no laughing matter is the importance of Sunday's game at the Coliseum for both Okaland Raiders
(7-6) and Detroit (8-5), and both teams' playoff chances could hinge on how successfully the Raiders deal with the 6-foot-4, 307-pound Suh.
Suh had 10 sacks last year in making the Pro Bowl, but has only three this season as he has faced more double teams. Carlisle will surely get a hand from center Samson Satele, as the Raiders try to get their running game going after three subpar weeks.
Suh was not the only person to earn redemption Sunday.
receiver Calvin Johnson had struggled statistically since the bye week (Nov. 6), but roared back with nine receptions for 214 yards and two touchdowns in the win. Oakland played man-to-man coverage on Johnson, and he made the Raiders pay.