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Ndamukong Suh suspended 2 games, will appeal

Posted on: November 29, 2011 10:28 am
Edited on: November 29, 2011 3:54 pm
 
Posted by Will Brinson



As CBSSports.com's Mike Freeman noted earlier, Ndamukong Suh was suspended two games without pay by the NFL on Tuesday for his actions in Detroit's loss to Green Bay on Thanksgiving.

Suh received the suspension due to the fact that the incident in the Packers-Lions game was Suh's fifth on-field violation over the past two years, according to the NFL.

"NFL Vice President of Football Operations Merton Hanks notified Ndamukong Suh today that he has been suspended without pay for the Lions' next two games for his unsportsmanlike conduct in the Lions-Packers game on Thanksgiving Day," a statement from the NFL, obtained by Freeman, reads. "It was Suh's fifth violation of on-field rules in the past two seasons that has resulted in league discipline. Suh may not practice or be at the team practice facility for any other activities during the two-game suspension.

"He will be reinstated on December 12. Under the CBA, the suspension may be appealed within three business days. If appealed, an expedited hearing and decision would take place this week in advance of this weekend's games."

Suh drew a lot of criticism for his decision not to apologize for his actions, then apologize via Facebook (!), then finally call Roger Goodell on Sunday night and apologize for his actions on Thursday.

Suh isn't the only one who stands to lose money here ($164,000, to be exact). The Lions could also be a little lighter in their proverbial wallets. Freeman explains:

"League rules stipulate that when a player is suspended or fined, the amount of the fine, up to a maximum of $50,000 per infraction, counts towards a club's season total.

"If a team reaches $100,000 in fines the club must forfeit $50,000. If a team reaches $150,000, then it must forfeit an additional $25,000, and match any subsequent fine/suspension amounts for remainder of season.

So, bottom line, the Suh suspension put the Lions over that $100,000 season total. Lions players have already been fined at least that much this season so not only is that $100,000 mark already likely been reached, the next mark could be as well. The team fine would happen at the end of the season once all appeals and reductions are accounted for."

There's more (of course there is): a source close to the embattled defensive tackle tells Freeman that Suh has appealed his suspension. "Suh was urged, I'm told, by union and others that suspension was heavy handed and he should appeal. He officially has."

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brian8ball
Since: Aug 3, 2011
Posted on: November 30, 2011 3:33 pm
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Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: November 30, 2011 3:30 pm
 

Ndamukong Suh suspended 2 games, will appeal

Niklah.  Believe it or not I honestly LOVE your sarcasm.  Overall I still think I'm think king of sarcasm but you could easily give me a good battle.....   so now I'll respond to your post. 

Your breakdown of the upcoming Raiders/Lions game is flawless.  But let me try, just for fun.  The Lions started the season 5-0, then played a tough game against the 49ers, losing close and have gone 2-4 since.  Not too impressive.  The Lions do have a strong front 4, but after that group, the defense is basically just bodies.  They aren't as good against the run as one would expect either (23rd) and going up against the Raiders and their 4th ranked rushing offense looks to be a significant challenge.  

The Lions have lost some games lately, no doubt about that.  But a couple of those losses to SF and Atlanta could have gone either way.  The loss to the Bears was gross and the Packers are obviously in a league of their own right now.   The Raiders over the years have an awful record against teams from outside their conference, and I honestly believe the Lions can beat them in Oakland.  Carson Palmer gets happy feet when he's pressured, he's always been that way.  And he doesn't scramble very well or have a quick release like some quarterbacks have.  And the Raiders passing defence isn't exactly stellar either... and although the Lions don't run the ball very well, they've had success running the ball well in some games the last couple seasons against teams that can't stop the run.   Finally I'll take my chances with Stafford against Palmer any day of the week.   Stafford's gloves and splint are off.... that helps as well.

Stafford has been on the decline as a passer as well.  In September his QB rating was 110, dropping to 91 in October and all the way down to 73 in November.  Unless he turns it around quick, December looks to be pretty dismal for Lions fans.  Add to that the loss of Jahvid and the more recent (potential) loss of K. Smith, the lack of a running game in Detroit (or even the threat of one) makes the Lions just as one dimensional as the Cutler-less Bears.  Not too tough to stop a one dimensional team that doesn't play their home games in Green Bay

Stafford was just fine in October.  He had a terrible first half against Dallas but regardless of the passer rating had a big 2nd half and a big comeback.  Atlanta and SF were tough games but those are pretty tough defensive teams with defences ranked in the top 10, I believe 7th and 9th to be exact.   Oakland, Minnesota, Sandiego, New Orleans, don't quite have the defence those 2 teams have.   Another thing to remember is Stafford just took off the gloves and there is no splint there anymore, that can only help a kid that's been pretty good this year overall and at times has looked great.  Throw away the last 3 weeks man, a fractured index finger on your throwing hand with a splint and a glove on can't be easy to work with.    You seem to know a lot about football so when you try and compare the Cutler less Bears one dimensional game to the Lions I get confused.  Stopping the Bears only requires one thing right now... stack the line like Oakland did and stop Forte from going nuts and let Hanie self destruct, easy enough, no?  The Lions are tied for 8th in the NFL running for 4.5 yards per carry, that's not too bad.  They are still a threat to run but if you wanna stack the line and let Stafford loose with all the weapons he has offensively then go nuts.  Were you serious talking about Kevin Smith?  You think that's why the Lions have been getting 4.5 yards per carry??? The guy was on his couch 3 weeks ago..... 

We'll see what happens with Hanie.  Like I said, teams are going to keep Forte from hurting them so Hanie isn't going to be the game manager you think.  He's going to have to be a play maker.  If he is, you'll be correct and the Bears will make the playoffs. But nothing I've seen from him so far tells me he is anything but a disaster waiting to happen.  And who does Hanie have to work with if Forte is neutralized?  Seriously man... I'll take the Lions tight ends and wide recievers over what the Bears have any day... and I think you would too. 

Before Cutler got hurt, I honestly almost threw in the towel when it came to my Lions playoff hopes.  I had to pray Atlanta would suddenly start sucking which was highly doubtful.  I think the Bears and their fans are going to find out how important Jay Cutler is to their team......  before their last game there was probably at least a dozen Bears fans on 2 different threads telling us Lion fans how Hanie would "surprise" us....  well they sure were right !!  He surprised me, that's for sure.  He sucked a lot worse then I expected him too....  hopefully that continues. 













brian8ball
Since: Aug 3, 2011
Posted on: November 30, 2011 3:24 pm
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Since: Oct 20, 2006
Posted on: November 30, 2011 3:18 pm
 

Ndamukong Suh suspended 2 games, will appeal

Well 1st off Dallas gave them that game.And the Lions started out 5-0 and have been 2 and 4 since.Dallas and the Falcons are both playing better than the Lions are rigth now.Can they win in those places Yes will They NOPE.And If you have the BALLS to match you big mouth I am willing to bet on it.


Sure Brian, Dallas gave the Lions the game....they didn't make any plays themselves to turn the game around...sure dude! I will agree that Dallas and Atlanta are both playing better right now, but as far as Dallas giving the Lions that game...hogwash. That was Romo being Romo...period! As far as your balls and bigmouth comment....I'm sure your the expert there and no, I dont want to bet!



Since: Dec 29, 2006
Posted on: November 30, 2011 3:18 pm
 

Ndamukong Suh suspended 2 games, will appeal

Goodell is a moron. Suh should have received 3-5 games.

I'd still like to know what Roger G was watching the week Suh tore Jay Cutler's helmet off. No fine/ no nothing. The Lions, as a team, deserve a $100,000 fine for the way their players are playing. All of these weirdos on Detroit are grabbing people by their helmets. Is Goodell waiting for someone to break a neck? Wake up commish. Get a clue.




Since: Jun 26, 2009
Posted on: November 30, 2011 3:14 pm
 

Ndamukong Suh suspended 2 games, will appeal

 The Lions are very close to being a NFL powerhouse, maybe some tweaks to the LB core and that secondary made of swiss cheese and watch out!  Until then, it's going to be a struggle.  Good luck.

The Lions LB core is pretty solid if you ask me, give Durant and Tulloch some more time to gel, and they will be set. The problem with the LB's are they have some trouble filling gaps and overshooting, hence the poor rushing defense. And they have gotten better at that as this season has progressed. And Carpenter is also improving every game. As far as the secondary goes, I think they are one good DB away, Houston is solid, if he can stay healthy. And with the front 4 as good at getting to the QB as they are, Detroit doesnt need any great DB's, they are 6th in the league against the pass with what they have.


brian8ball
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Posted on: November 30, 2011 3:02 pm
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Since: Oct 20, 2006
Posted on: November 30, 2011 3:00 pm
 

Ndamukong Suh suspended 2 games, will appeal

But kudos to you for sticking with your team.  I hope for you that you are right, but I honestly don't see the Lions fortunes improving any time soon.  The Lions are very close to being a NFL powerhouse, maybe some tweaks to the LB core and that secondary made of swiss cheese and watch out!  Until then, it's going to be a struggle.  Good luck.


Secondary made of swiss cheese???? In case you havn't noticed this...the Lions are ranked 6th in the league and made Rodgers look very pedestrian in the first half and actually throughout the whole game on Thanksgiving! If Stafford didn't continually give him a short field, I think the game could have been alot different! And I actully like the linebackers...another year together and I think the Lions are set!!



Since: Oct 20, 2006
Posted on: November 30, 2011 2:52 pm
 

Ndamukong Suh suspended 2 games, will appeal

But can either the Bears or Lions win in Dallas or Atlanta?


The Lions beat Dallas in Dallas this year...just in case you forgot and also played the Falcons very hard in a close one at home! So I guess the ansear to your question is yes...I do think they can beat either one of those teams in their building!



Since: Apr 26, 2007
Posted on: November 30, 2011 2:46 pm
 

Ndamukong Suh suspended 2 games, will appeal

As far as the running game goes... the NFL has now become a passing league (just in case youhaven't noticed).
I have noticed, as I did mention the pass-only Packers as the only team who can get away with being one dimensional so far this season.

But kudos to you for sticking with your team.  I hope for you that you are right, but I honestly don't see the Lions fortunes improving any time soon.  The Lions are very close to being a NFL powerhouse, maybe some tweaks to the LB core and that secondary made of swiss cheese and watch out!  Until then, it's going to be a struggle.  Good luck.


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