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Lions’ Ndamukong Suh Appealing Two-Game Suspension, NFL Says

November 29, 2011

Nov. 29 (Bloomberg) -- Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh is appealing his two-game suspension for stomping on an opposing player in a Nov. 24 loss to the Green Bay Packers.

Suh, 24, who was suspended without pay by the National Football League earlier today, will have a hearing with Art Shell at a yet-to-be-announced date, league spokesman Greg Aiello said in an e-mail. Shell, a Hall of Fame lineman and former coach for the Oakland Raiders franchise, is an appeals officer appointed by and paid by both the NFL and the NFL Players Association.

The NFL announced the ban today in an e-mail, citing Suh for “unsportsmanlike conduct.” It was Suh’s fifth violation of on-field rules in his two NFL seasons that resulted in league discipline, according to the NFL statement. He will lose $164,000 in salary, ESPN reported.

Suh’s appeal will be expedited and a decision will be made before this weekend’s game, the NFL said. The Lions’ next two games are against the New Orleans Saints on Dec. 4 and the Minnesota Vikings on Dec. 11.

Suh was ejected from the game against the Packers in the third quarter after tangling with lineman Evan Dietrich-Smith.

While both players were on the ground, Suh grabbed the back of Dietrich-Smith’s helmet with his right hand and pushed his head into the turf three times. As he stood up, video replays appeared to show Suh stomping on Smith’s right arm with his right foot.

After the game, Suh said he was trying to regain his balance in order to remove himself from the situation and didn’t intentionally step on Dietrich-Smith. The incident was misinterpreted, he told reporters.

‘No Intention’

“I don’t do bad things and I had no intention to hurt somebody,” Suh said in televised comments. “If I want to hurt somebody, I’m going to hit his quarterback.”

Suh was assessed an unsportsmanlike-conduct penalty and ejected. He has been fined for rough play three previous times in his career and met with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell in New York on Nov. 1 to discuss playing within the rules.

Minnesota Vikings defensive end Brian Robison was fined $20,000 this season for kicking Packers lineman T.J. Lang in the groin. Robison, who wasn’t suspended, apologized to Lang, the NFL and the Packers after the game.

The Packers scored two plays after Suh was ejected to go up 14-0 and went on to win 27-15 to lift their record to 11-0, the best start in the franchise’s 91-year history.

Green Bay has won 17 consecutive games, including the playoffs, the longest streak in team history. The Lions fell to 7-4 and into third place in the National Football Conference’s North Division behind Green Bay and the Chicago Bears.

--Editors: Rob Gloster, Larry Siddons.

To contact the reporters on this story: Michael Buteau in Atlanta at mbuteau@bloomberg.net;

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Sillup at msillup@bloomberg.net


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