Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh did the crime and will pay with time.
The league formally suspended Suh for two-games without pay for his actions that resulted in an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty and ejection from Thursday’s 27-15 loss to the Packers.
“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 unsportmanlike conduct in the Lions-Packers game on Thanksgiving Day,” read a statement released by the NFL today. “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 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 repeatedly pushed the head of Packers center Evan Dietrich-Smith to the turf and then kicked him after the two were tangled during a third down in the Lions’ 27-15 loss to the Packers on Thanksgiving.
The suspension will reportedly cost Suh approximately $165,000 in pay.
“We were formally informed this morning of the League’s decision to suspend Ndamukong Suh for two games,” the Lions said in a statement. “We respect the process the League undertook in order to arrive at this decision.”
This is the first on-field suspension under the new collective bargaining agreement signed in July.
According to ESPN, Suh has been encouraged by the player’s association to appeal the suspension and is expected to. He’d obviously hope the suspension would be reduced to one game in the appeal process.
That likely wouldn’t have any effect on Sunday’s game in New Orleans, though, since the league expects an expedited appeal process before this weekend’s games.
The Lions will be granted a roster exemption during Suh’s suspension.
Suh has been fined four other times in his first two NFL seasons. Last year, he was docked $7,500 for a takedown Browns quarterback Jake Delhomme, $15,000 for a hit on Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler and $5,000 for using a Jets player to gain leverage in an attempt to block a field goal. This preseason, he was fined $20,000 for a hit on Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton.
“I want to reiterate my commitment to working to become a better player, and professional—on and off the field,” Suh said in a statement released on his Facebook page on Friday. “My reaction on Thursday was unacceptable. I made a mistake, and have learned from it. I hope to direct the focus back to the task at hand — by winning.”
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