Lions' Suh gets two-game suspension after Thanksgiving stomp on Packer
Ndamukong Suh argues with a referee after being ejected from the Thanksgiving Day game against the Packers.
November 29th, 2011
01:12 PM ET

Lions' Suh gets two-game suspension after Thanksgiving stomp on Packer

Ndamukong Suh was not in the holiday spirit during the Detroit Lions' 27-15 loss to the undefeated rival Green Bay Packers on Thanksgiving.

Now, barring an appeal, the Lions defensive tackle will miss two games without pay for stomping Evan Dietrich-Smith, and at least one observer believes Suh should give thanks for the suspension.

If you were in a tryptophan haze and missed or forgot the altercation, you can check it out here. The video shows Dietrich-Smith block Suh to the ground before Suh turns him over, shoves his helmet into the turf and, as two Packers intervene, stomps Dietrich-Smith's arm while the Packers offensive lineman is lying on the ground.

Suh's reaction after the incident drew almost as much criticism as the act itself. He said he was trying to catch his balance and didn't intentionally step on Dietrich-Smith. You can decide for yourself after watching the aforementioned video, but Suh backtracked from this defense, which critics say was weaker than the New York Giants' on Monday night.

Later, via Facebook, Suh apologized, saying, “My reaction on Thursday was unacceptable. ... I made a mistake, and have learned from it. I hope to direct the focus back to the task at hand  by winning.” He also called NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and apologized for his behavior, according to ESPN.

There's lots of talk saying Suh is a dirty player who likes to beat up quarterbacks, he's faced league discipline in the past, he's been fined tens of thousands of dollars and this is just his sophomore year. But the NFL Playbook blog points out that Suh was getting as good as he was giving prior to the stomp.

"On several plays, Green Bay’s guards ... got a nice hold of Suh’s shoulder pads, and, a couple times, his facemask. We saw two instances in the second quarter, specifically, where Dietrich-Smith tugged at his helmet gear. That’s on top of all of the everyday scraps and blocks to the legs a stud DT has to handle," the blog reported. "What had to be even more frustrating for Suh? The Packers blocked him pretty well."

Sports Illustrated's Chris Burke wrote that in addition to the financial blow Suh will miss about $164,000 in game-day pay as he sits out against the New Orleans Saints and Minnesota Vikings the Lions will doubtless miss their 2010 defensive rookie of the year as they scrap it out with the Chicago Bears for second place in the NFC North and, perhaps, a wild-card berth in the playoffs (sorry, Lions fans, catching the Packers seems wildly unlikely).

But Burke says Suh should take his suspension and like it.

"The two-game suspension is fair punishment for what Suh did," Burke wrote. "And instead of hassling with an appeal, the smartest move he could make now is to take his medicine, sit out the next two weeks and do his best to repair the damage he’s done – to his reputation and to his team  once he returns."

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  1. Matrix

    I've been pulling for the Lions for the past couple of years since they got Stafford as QB. But Suh has no business being on the field with his kinds of antics. 2 game suspension is too good for him. He should be kicked out of the NFL for that kind of behavior.

    November 29, 2011 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Woody1150

      Wow, if you think Stafford is the saving grace for the Lions then you'll need to be pulling for them quite a while longer.

      November 29, 2011 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  2. B-dub

    First? This guy is a goon.

    November 29, 2011 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  3. bill

    Should be kicked out for rest of season.

    November 29, 2011 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  4. bobcat ( in a hat )

    A two game suspension is too light. This guy seems to think he's in the WWL or something where it's fake but tolerated.

    November 29, 2011 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Funker

      The WWL? What?

      November 29, 2011 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat ( in a hat )

      @funker
      Or whatever it is they call those wrestling organizatios now.

      November 29, 2011 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Pointless1

    That was the right call.. it was obvious he did that on purpose... I'm a Lions fan too.. :(

    November 29, 2011 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Paul

    Football is a tough sport for tough guys but it's not for thugs. Suh should have been banned for the remainder of the season.

    November 29, 2011 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nae

      I could not agree more. He is disrespectful, and a two game only suspension might sting for a while, but surely won't deter him from this kind of behavior in the future. The Lions management should take some action of their own as well.

      November 29, 2011 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      Then no FELONS should be allowed to play either,which I gurantee is 50% of the league

      November 29, 2011 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Tazblitz

    Seems to me to be another example of paying a bunch of money to someone who can't handle the wealth and fame. So many times you see a person's true colors show when they think they have enough money or stature to get away with anything.

    November 29, 2011 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  8. JFWilder

    Learned from his mistakes? Hardly. This guy is a thug and belongs in the NBA.

    November 29, 2011 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Mike

    As a Saints fan, I can only say, "Way to go, Suh! We love ya!"

    November 29, 2011 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • matt

      Ha, well said, Mike, I'm a Packers fan so I can understand why you would want the team that already beat you, and will send your team to the off season empty handed, to suffer an injury, but that stomp was totally uncalled for, the guy is one of the best in the NFL at getting after the QB, he should expect to be double teamed and held on occasion, he's getting paid millions to be a pro, act like it, see you in the play-offs

      November 29, 2011 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
  10. CPW

    What a shame all that talent and he's tossing his career out the window.

    November 29, 2011 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  11. JayMo

    Suh is a punk. Yes he's very talented but he is out of control. 2 games should be a minimum and fines don't do anything. A few thousand dollars isn't a big deal to a guy that makes a few million a year. Suspend him a few games in a tight division with playoffs on the line? That will work.

    November 29, 2011 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  12. mike

    you can take a Boy out of the ghetto, but you can't take the ghetto out of a Boy

    just another gangsta thug that wears a sports uniform

    November 29, 2011 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  13. bud

    He forgot he was on a football field and not on the streets of Detroit .

    November 29, 2011 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  14. P.G

    It starts with Schwartz. As long as Schwartz continues to foster this type of culture, the Lions will continue to be on the outside looking in.

    November 29, 2011 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Bill

    Two game suspension seems about right for what he did on the field but they need to add two more for the lame excuse he gave after the game. One of the dumbest statements I've ever heard..... did he actually forget that it was recorded in high def from about 11 angles.

    November 29, 2011 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
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