Another stomp, another suspension for the Detroit Lions.
The NFL said Monday it will suspend Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh for one game -- Sunday’s wild-card playoff game at Dallas -- for what appeared to be intentionally standing on the lower leg of Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers in Sunday’s regular-season finale.
The suspension was imposed by Merton Hanks, NFL vice president of football operations, who ruled that Suh engaged in "a non-football act" and placed Rodgers in unnecessary risk of injury.
In his letter to Suh, Hanks wrote: “You did not respond in the manner of someone who had lost his balance and accidentally contacted another player who was lying on the ground. This illegal contact, specifically the second step and push off with your left foot, clearly could have been avoided.” Hanks further noted that “you unnecessarily stepped on your opponent’s unprotected leg as he lay on the ground unable to protect himself.”
Under the terms of the suspension, Suh will not be permitted to attend team meetings and functions; attend or watch practices; appear at the club’s facilities for any reason; attend news conferences; appear at the team’s game Sunday, or have contact with any club personnel except to arrange off-site medical treatment or rehabilitation. He will be reinstated the day after the game.
Suh has the right to appeal the suspension within three business days, with that appeal being heard by either Derrick Brooks or Ted Cottell, officers jointly appointed by the NFL and NFL Players Assn.
The matter comes a week after the league suspended Lions center Dominic Raiola for the finale after he stomped on the leg of a Chicago Bears defensive lineman in a Week 16 game.
Suh and Raiola have a history of on-field transgressions.
In 2012, Suh was suspended for two games after stomping on a Green Bay lineman in a Thanksgiving Day game.
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