Ndamukong Suh’s punishment for his Thanksgiving Day stomping was expected to be handed down today and that is exactly what happened according to FOX Sports’ Jay Glazer:
Lions have been informed by league office that Ndamukong Suh has been suspended by Commissioner 2 games without pay.
Also, it’s a straight 2-game suspension without any stipulation by league that he has to go through any sort of anger mgmt counseling. He still may by team’s advice but its not part of it
Suh IS allowed to appeal and if he does there would likely be an expedited hearing before he misses this week’s game.
The two game suspension would keep Suh out of Sunday night’s important game against the New Orleans Saints and the home matchup against the Minnnesota Vikings. Nick Fairley is expected to get the start in Suh’s absence. In accordance with the penalty, Suh will not be allowed to participate in practice or other team activities until December 12.
Some suggested Suh could play next week while the appeal process worked itself out but that now seems unlikely based on Glazer’s assertion that any appeal would be expedited. The two game suspension is not surprising so there is probably no chance that it would be reduced upon an appeal. At this point, Ndamukong Suh is probably best suited by accepting the punishment and learning from it instead of trying to fight back.
The NFL released the following statement through their communications website:
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. 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.