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

Ndamukong Suh suspended 2 games, will appeal

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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Posted on: November 29, 2011 1:03 am
 

Report: Ndamukong Suh called Goodell to apologize

Posted by Will Brinson

Ndamukong Suh's been subject to plenty of judgment following his ejection-worthy actions against Green Bay in Detroit's Thanksgiving day loss.

The defensive lineman initially said he wouldn't apologize for stomping at Packers guard Evan Dietrich-Smith, but reversed course by posting an apology on his Facebook page. And Suh also reportedly called Roger Goodell to apologize for his actions on Sunday night.

That's according to ESPN's Adam Schefter, who reported the details of Suh's phone call on Monday evening.

Of course, Suh's apologies might not matter -- it's believed that the Lions defensive tackle could receive as much as a two-game suspension, and it seems likely that Suh only apologized to mitigate the danger of a multiple-game suspension.

That's because Suh, immediately following the Lions loss, wasn't exactly contrite about his actions.

"I was on top of a guy being pulled down," Suh said, according to CBSSports.com's Pete Prisco. "I was trying to get up off the ground. You see me pushing his helmet down because I was trying to remove myself from the situation. As I'm getting up, I'm getting pushed, so I'm getting myself in balance and getting away from the situation. I know what I did and the man upstairs knows what I did."



The visual evidence offered a story quite to the contrary, and it's no surprise that Suh was ejected. On the bright side, it's also possible, as CBS Sports' Charley Casserly pointed out Sunday, that Suh's punishment will be shortened because he missed part of that game against the Packers.

Either way, there's likely to be a heated debate about Suh's punishment if the league delivers the news on Tuesday, as expected.

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Posted on: November 24, 2011 4:56 pm
Edited on: November 24, 2011 6:45 pm
 

Suh won't apologize, no punishment until Tuesday

Posted by Will Brinson



This year, the Green Bay Packers should be thankful for Lions' defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh's fiery nature. Suh's decision to stomp Green Bay offensive lineman Evan Dietrich-Smith's arm in the Packers 27-15 victory over the Lions got him booted

My colleague Ryan Wilson pointed out that Suh's likely to get suspended and that's a very probable scenario. But we won't know anything from the NFL this week, as the league's going to wait until Monday to levy any punishment on Suh.

CBSSports.com's Mike Freeman reports that Suh won't be punished until "all games" have been played, meaning Suh won't know about his (likely?) fine and (probable?) suspension until Tuesday at the earliest.

An apology from Suh between now and then would go a long way towards mitigating any punishment from the league. However, Suh said he will not apologize for the incident on Thanksgiving and, as noted by our Lions Rapid Reporter John Kreger, that he believes the ejection was unwarranted.

"I was on top of a guy being pulled down and trying to get up off the ground, which is why you see me pushing his helmet down," Suh said, via Kreger. "As I'm getting up, I'm getting pushed so I'm getting myself unbalanced. ... With that a lot of people are going to interpret it as or create their own storylines, ... but I know what I did, and the man upstairs knows what I did."

Having watched the clip a few times with the family, even my 11-year-old cousin thought it was obvious that Suh didn't glean much from the meeting with Commissioner Roger Goodell in New York, as his decision to launch a cleat towards Dietrich-Smith's arm was pretty intentional. (Although in fairness he also knew what the last rejected BRI proposal in the NBA lockout was.)

And Suh can preach all he wants that the incident was accidental, but the picture above -- featuring a Packer trying to hold him back, a Packer telling him to stop, and Suh still going for the stomp -- is pretty incriminating.


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