Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, who is entering the final year of his contract, said his absence at earlier offseason workouts had nothing to do with his contract situation.
Then he surprised reporters on Wednesday by suggesting that he could have arranged it so the Lions never drafted him with the second overall pick in 2010.
"I had an opportunity, probably a lot of you guys don't know," he said after the two-hour organized team activity, according to The Detroit News. "I could've gone elsewhere when I was drafted. I had that decision in my hands. I chose not to take it because that's just the way I saw it."
When a reporter explained to Suh that the selection is not a player's choice where he is drafted, Suh said that it was actually his choice.
"It is my choice. It is for sure my choice," he said. "That's water under the bridge. I'm here in Detroit. I'm happy to be here in Detroit and I'm going to continue to play my heart out as I've always done and continue to do."
A Lions spokesman provided further clarification of Suh's comments.
"He was thrilled to be selected by the Detroit Lions," said Bill Keenist, Lions vice president of communications.
Meanwhile, defensive tackle Nick Fairley isn't practicing with the Lions due to a "medical issue that he's dealing" with, according to coach Jim Caldwell.
Caldwell said Fairley will "be back as soon as he's recovered."
According to the Detroit Free Press, Fairley has been dealing with sleep apnea.
Fairley, a 2011 first-round draft pick, didn't have his fifth-year option exercised by the Lions.