Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh (90) reacts after being ejected during the third quarter of the Thanksgiving game against the Green Bay Packers at Ford Field Andrew Weber-US PRESSWIRE
New York, NY (Sports Network) - Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh
has been suspended two games for his actions in last Thursday's game against
the Green Bay Packers.
Suh was ejected from the Thanksgiving Day contest in the third quarter when he
was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct. He was caught pushing Green Bay
offensive lineman Evan Dietrich-Smith's head to the turf a couple of times,
then stomping on his right arm.
The league issued its ruling on Tuesday,
"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,"
the league's statement read. "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
The second-year star will miss games against New Orleans and Minnesota before
he is eligible to return for the December 18 contest against Oakland. The
Lions are 7-4 and battling for a wild card berth in the NFC.
Suh gave a somewhat bizarre explanation of his actions immediately after last
week's game, saying he didn't intend to hurt anyone and adding that "the man
upstairs knows what I did."
The following day he was more contrite, apologizing and calling his reaction
"unacceptable." He also reportedly called NFL commissioner Roger Goodell on
Sunday to apologize.
Suh, who has gained a reputation as a dirty player, met with Goodell earlier
this month to discuss his style of play. He had been fined earlier this year,
incurring a $20,000 penalty for a preseason hit on Cincinnati quarterback Andy
In addition, he was fined twice last year as a rookie for hits against Jake
Delhomme and Jay Cutler.
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