Posted on: November 29, 2011 2:49 pm
Edited on: November 29, 2011 3:39 pm

Suh appeals suspension

Ndamukong Suh has appealed his suspension, according to a source close to the star.

Suh was urged, I'm told, by union and others that suspension was heavy handed and he should appeal. He officially has.

How smart is that? I don't know. Should Suh just take his punishment like a grownup? Maybe. But appealing is his right.

And he's done just that.
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Tags: Lions
Posted on: November 29, 2011 1:44 pm
Edited on: November 29, 2011 2:34 pm

Lions likely to be fined $50,000 at end of season

The suspension of Ndamukong Suh won't just affect Suh. It could hurt the entire Detroit Lions team. Here's why.

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.

The way things are going for Suh and the Lions, Suh won't be the only one fined. The entire organization might be as well.

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Tags: Lions
Posted on: November 29, 2011 11:06 am

Jaguars being sold

Some years ago Jaguars owner Wayne Weaver told me he'd never sell the team. He meant it at the time but he grew older and his debt grew as well leading to the inevitable news: Weaver is selling the team, I've confirmed with multiple league sources.

The team has been sold to Shahid Khan, who was in play to buy St. Louis Rams.

A person close to Weaver said Weaver received written guarantees Khan would keep the team in Jacksonville.

More on this story later.
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Tags: Jaguars
Posted on: November 29, 2011 10:18 am
Edited on: November 29, 2011 10:26 am

Suh suspended two games without pay

Ndamukong Suh has made history. Commissioner Roger Goodell has handed Suh a two-game suspension without pay.

The history part? The Albery Haynesworth head stomp aside, Goodell has never handed down more than a one-game suspension for on-field behavior.

The statement:

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," reads the statement from the NFL. "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.

A warranted fine, to be sure. Now comes the interesting part: will he appeal?

Suh has become known as the dirtiest player in football. A well earned moniker. League officials privately believe this fine will cause him to change his ways.

We'll see.

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Tags: Lions
Posted on: November 29, 2011 8:38 am
Edited on: November 29, 2011 8:45 am

Jack Del Rio fired

Jack Del Rio is the first coaching casualty of the season, I've confirmed.

This is not a stunning development. The only thing mildly surprising is the timing. There was a belief he would last the season.

Assistant Mel Tucker takes over in the interim.

Del Rio is still owed $5 million. Incredible. So he won't be applying for unemployment insurance anytime soon.

More on this story later.
Category: NFL
Tags: Jaguars
Posted on: November 29, 2011 8:16 am
Edited on: November 29, 2011 8:28 am

The Daily Shoutout: Bills tell Johnson to cool it

OPENING HIT: Buffalo wide receiver Stevie Johnson has been told by some teammates and others in the Bills organization to tone down his act, several team sources told me. Now the question becomes: will Johnson listen.

Those sources said the chats were casual and there was no massive confrontation. Johnson was told he was hurting his reputation and team two things he acknowledged after his shananigans during his game against the New York Jets. Johnson might deny this (he denies everything) but it's 100 percent accurate.

Again, will Johnson listen? He seemed to be reflective and apologetic after the game but then took to Twitter and was more defiant saying the drop he had wasn't a drop when it was clearly a drop.

“Haha wow I can’t believe you guys really telling me I ‘dropped’ the GWinner,” he wrote. “Smh. Pitt was a drop. This was QB&WR not on the same page.”

No, that was a drop, I saw it, and I'm concerned the casual chat teammates and others had with Johnson won't do any good.

"Im just being myself man I dnt regret being the real me 24/7 and u shouldn't either," he said on Twitter. "I dnt knock yall for gettin at me like this. Ima G haaa."

And later: "Not apologizing to TRUE fans kuz yal felt the loss like we did. However I do apologize to my tmmats n them Flyguyz on D for my penalty!!"

So, yes, I'm not sure if any of this will stick.

Maybe the fine Johnson might get for making a shooting gesture will get his attention. We'll see.

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Tags: Bills
Posted on: November 28, 2011 7:35 am
Edited on: November 28, 2011 7:36 am

The Daily Shoutout: NFL coaching firings

OPENING HIT: The coaching changes are coming and possibly large numbers of them. It’s only a matter of if they happen during the season or not.

Jacksonville coach Jack Del Rio is gone. Maybe before the end of the season.

San Diego coach Norv Turner is gone, too. Probably at the end of the season.

I continue to hear from league officials that Philadelphia Eagles management don’t necessarily want to fire Andy Reid but they want him to make changes on his staff.

The Miami Dolphins situation has been set for some time. It’s not changing.

Tom Coughlin doesn’t deserve to go – no way – but if the Giants have another collapse he might get the axe.

And if the Colts go 0-16 – a distinct possibility – do they make a change?

There is going to be some coaching talent, albeit flawed, departing and some great coaching talent – Bill Cowher and Les Miles, among others – will be entering.

Coaches in, coaches out. It’s cruel and I hate it but that’s the NFL way.

Perhaps the biggest question of all is that every year there’s a surprise firing.

Who will it be this time?



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Posted on: November 25, 2011 9:06 pm
Edited on: November 26, 2011 2:58 pm

Don't expect huge Suh punishment

Ndamukong Suh has apologized for his turkey day stupidity. It's a good start. Though he needs to apologize to the man who's body he attacked like it was a wing minus the stuffing.

But there is something bigger than his apology. It is this: if you expect a lengthy, hard punishment for Suh, you might be disappointed. I could be wrong but numerous signs point to Suh getting no more than a fine and one-game suspension.

Here's why. Aside from the notorious Albert Haynesworth head stomp, there hasn't been more than a one-game suspension for on-field violations in the Roger Goodell years, and Suh was tossed for the second half of the game, so that should tell you something.

Again: Goodell has not issued lengthy suspensions for on-field infractions. It just has not been his way. That could change with this but it seems unlikely.

During the Goodell administration, there have been the following suspensions for on-field violations:

Haynesworth – five games.

Roy Williams--one game (after third illegal horse collar tackle of season).

Elbert Mack--one game (launched helmet-to-helmet against Matt Ryan on interception; second flagrant hit in three games). And Eric Smith, one game suspension plus a $50,000 fine (flagrant helmet-to-helmet hit on Anquan Boldin).

Dante Wesley--one game (launch and hit Tampa’s Clifton Smith in head with shoulder and forearm before he had touched ball).

In 2010, there were no suspensions.

So, see the pattern there? Goodell seems to draw a distinction between off-field bad behavior and on it. Again, he could change course, but it seems like Suh will miss a maximum of one game.

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Tags: Lions
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