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. Realist

    Start calling it on both sides. Provocation is just as bad as retalliation

    November 29, 2011 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat ( in a hat )

      What provocation ? The man was laying on the ground.

      November 29, 2011 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • ^This guy is dumb^

      Seriously?? Watch the replay 10 times. The guy was laying on HIS FACE!!! while Suh got up and stomped him out. Suh is lucky they didn't catch him out in the parking lot and kicked his ass.

      November 29, 2011 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Carol

    I don't think this is enough either. I am a Packer fan and thought he should have gotten kicked out of the NFL. But, I don't think that will happen until one of these players gets permanently injured and then someone will really pay. Come on, let's play football like it is intended to be played.

    November 29, 2011 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • CowboyBob

      Kicked out of the NFL? Really?? Get over it. It is what it is and you can't change it so stop whining like the rest of you cheese heads.

      November 29, 2011 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Non-Packer Fan

      KICKED OUT? You've got to be kidding me. Have you seen other hits that have gone unpunished? The league likes making an example of Suh. He plays hard. His sheer size and strength make regular hits look more violent. Should he be suspended? Yes. Could you find plays in every single game where players should be suspended? Yes.

      November 29, 2011 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • ^Another dumb girl^

      Seriously? You packers fans haven't lost a game yet and you still want more? Greedy packer fans!! DOWN WITH THE PACKERS!!!!!!

      November 29, 2011 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • BobbyR

      Ask yourself this... if he were playing on YOUR team, what would you say then? And try to answer honestly.

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

    He should be drug tested too. Looks a little like roid rage.

    November 29, 2011 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brent

      You got it right shoos – major roid rage. Mandatory drug testing ought to be a permanent part of his punishment.

      November 29, 2011 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Three Dog Mama

    Good. He deserves to not get paid. I wouldn't call his move sportsmanlike at all.

    November 29, 2011 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  5. jo

    Eh, no biggy–Just marking his territory.

    November 29, 2011 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Portland tony

    This is the NFL. Suh gets paid the big bucks for being a bad boy. He gets bad Press, but he can make the opposition vary their game plan by just being on the field. There are more insidious ways to disable opponent players than by stepping on them Suh needs to temper his "after the play" antics, simply to avoid being suspended.

    November 29, 2011 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat ( in a hat )

      Ummm Tony
      He didn't step on the man, he stomped him. Big difference.

      November 29, 2011 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • ^Another dumb guy^

      Stepped on? Like he was a rock in your path right? Really?? Really?? Really??? You could compare his "step" to more of a curb stomping. Suh is an idiot. He's a rabid dog that needs to be put down from the NFL or neutered so calm him down.

      November 29, 2011 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Richie

    thugs will be thugs. I know, I am sure that he was abused as a child just like Oprah.

    November 29, 2011 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Observer

    He should be told that the next penalty will be longer.

    November 29, 2011 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Observation

    Reminds me of Pacman Jones, thinks he's above the rules. I give him 5 years before no other team will want to touch him, just like Jones and pretty soon just like Albert Haynesworth. All 3 of them don't seem to realize there's a point where your baggage outweighs your talent

    November 29, 2011 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      Pac-Man is a criminal..there is a difference.

      November 29, 2011 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Dave

    I am in no way saying what Suh did was right. But while that was a horrible thing to do..so is grabbing a face mask and ripping the player to the ground by that manner,yet there is NEVER suspensions for that. And that is much more dangerous than what Suh did. So if we are going to clean it up,start suspending players who continually get flagged for those face masks,horse collar tackles and chop blocks.

    November 29, 2011 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sean

      All of the things you are talking about are things that happen between the whistles... Stomping on someone after the play has ended is not in the same league.

      November 29, 2011 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  11. D

    /agree with Roid rage. He shouldn't be kicked out of the NFL though(Unless they drug test him and he fails), fine and suspension is good in my opinion. You get a lot of adrenaline on the field and if you feel you are being treated unfairly (other players are getting away with holds/facemasks against you and not getting calls), you might get a little angry. I'm not saying it justifies what he did at all, but I can sort of understand why he did what he did.

    November 29, 2011 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  12. CowboyBob

    The good news is that none of the opinions on this article matter! Some of you need to get a clue. Football is far dirtier than anything Suh has done. He just got caught for obvious reasons!

    November 29, 2011 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  13. AC Summers

    Who cares....There are players who have done far worse on the grid-iron than just stomping on a man's arm and ripping off head lids. He gets 2 days off without pay. He will just be well rested for the playoffs...

    November 29, 2011 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Rich

    Hard aggresive Football is not dirty football....big diference. Anger management classes and quit hurting your team..

    November 29, 2011 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Bill

    The league should make an example of this loser. Show players – and the kids who look up to them – that this sort of behavior simply will not be tolerated. Kick Suh out of the league, permanently. Regardless of who provoked whom, this behavior is inexcusable.

    November 29, 2011 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Barry Sanders

      Here's your idiot sign [___]

      November 29, 2011 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bill

      @Barry Sanders – Excellent, intellectual reply. Here's your Enabler sign [__], since you apparently support this Trash.

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