Ndamukong Suh received word today that he has been suspended two games by the NFL but he has the right to appeal. Suh was not at Lions practice today, a sign that he had not yet filed an appeal, but it looks like an appeal is in the works according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter:
Ndamukong Suh knows he made a mistake, but he has been encouraged by NFLPA and Roger Goodell to appeal 2-game suspension and he will.
If you’re confused why the league office would issue a penalty then encourage the player to appeal, you’re not alone. This is certainly a strange development but it is a good indicator that an appeal will lead to some sort of reduction in penalty.
Perhaps the league is eager to hear Suh’s appeal as a way of testing his response to the penalty. The appeal is an opportunity to communicate with the league regarding what he has learned in the wake of the Thanksgiving Day ejection and to articulate what steps he will make to ensure it never happens again.