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. ^Gumbalay was beat up in school^

    I'm pretty sure Gumbalay got beaten up in school which is why through the safety and security of his monitor he can be racist on the internet without fear of getting beat up again like he did in school. If he ever completed school that is...

    November 29, 2011 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Colin

    They should kick that barbarian out of the league for his childish temper tantrum!

    November 29, 2011 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • laurenandjoelgordon


      November 29, 2011 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Big Red

      5 game suspension would have been appropriate. It would have ended the Lions season and made the coach get control of him. Next time it should cause him to lose an entire season.

      November 29, 2011 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Tommy

    Way to light of a punishment. They should have suspended this animal for the rest of the season. This isnt the first issue the NFL has had with this idiot. Suspend him without pay for the rest of the season. Then lets see how many dirty plays he is involved with next year.

    November 29, 2011 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Suh should be traded to a 0-9 team...

    I think the ultimate punishment for him would be to be traded to a horrible team who hasn't won a game all season. Lower his pay, and black out his games so we won't have to witness his horrible childish behavior.

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

      Dude, the Lions were 2 and 14 the year before they got Suh. So even though it sounds bad, odds are whatever 0 and 9 team you trade him too will be 9 and 7 the next year. Though, I don't agree for one minute with his actions.

      November 29, 2011 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Todd in DC

      How about the Redskins? We suck.

      November 29, 2011 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dirt

      Panthers will take him in a second – we would even give you Jimmy Clausen and Armanti Edwards for him! Sure the guy has been messing up – but i suspect he is going to get his act together and you won't be hearing anymore about him being dirty. two games is enough

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

    That sounds about right – 2 games. I wish they would suspend Goodell. He is making hitting illegel. Somebody tell me how you are supposed to line up in a three point stance, run at the quaterback full speed and not be head forward. Why doesent he just put flags on the players and be done. Goodell is making it an unwatchable game.

    November 29, 2011 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • JBC

      Your rant has nothing to do with Suh. The dude stomped on an opponent after slamming the guys head into the ground 2-3 times.

      November 29, 2011 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Chris

    It's football, not ballet. Yes he was wrong, there's been far worse though throughout NFL history. Two games is a fair punishment. Get over it you bunch of pansies!!!!

    November 29, 2011 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • ^This guy thinks ballet is an official sport^

      How do you know ballet isn't as rough as football? I'm pretty sure you watch ballet on Sundays instead of football. Watch the reply again and tell me that's not unsportsmen like. Retard..

      November 29, 2011 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Curt

    I don't remember hearing any complaints about him at Nebraska?!

    November 29, 2011 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Big Red

      I don't remember him stomping on anyone while at Nebraska!

      November 29, 2011 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
  8. TJ

    At least with Suh out my Vikes have a chance of only losing by a couple of TD's!!

    November 29, 2011 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Fred

    If Michael Vick can be allowed in the NFL, anyone can. Face it, there are no standards, just money.

    November 29, 2011 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • ^This guy thinks ballet is an official sport^

      I like Vic... He's actually a really nice guy. Met him golfing in Virginia.

      November 29, 2011 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • RichardD

      Michael Vick was charged, convicted, and paid his debt to society. He was a young man from a crummy background who learned that the world doesn't revolve around him. Since then he has regained a responsible position in a good NFL team. Why do so many people want to continue hating him? I know, what he did was awful, but that was then, this is now. I thought redemption was one of the things Americans believed in. Likewise, Suh did something that was outside of the rules. I hope he learns and matures and continues to develop into the top notch defensive player he can be. This is football; he needs to suck up his punishment and get on with his career.

      November 29, 2011 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  10. JBC

    "but Suh backtracked from this defense, which critics say was weaker than the New York Giants' on Monday night."

    Wow. That was bad.

    November 29, 2011 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Matt

    "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."

    Why do you have to go and drag the Giants into this article? So unnecessary.

    November 29, 2011 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
  12. AP

    two words:


    the NFL should just do pop-testing of guys who lose it, like Suh did. HGH won't make you crazy, but roids sure will, and they are easy to get. Players say the NFL doesn't have a roids problem, since the league is dog-eat-dog and players would rat each other out. I somehow doubt it.

    On another note, the league is more watchable as the skill players get protected. Obviously the league isn't worried about losing thousnads of cretin-fans if they can gain value, long term, by keeping the entertaining players on the field. Fans LOVE the fact that QBs get huyge numbers, these days. The fans who think the league is now for pansies can go watch wrestling, for all Goodell cares. And I'm with Goodell. Given how big the players are today, very few players from even 20 years ago could play today. And forget about 30 and 40 years ago. Of course, those players would take HGH and roids, today, and be much bigger than back then.....

    November 29, 2011 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Big Red

      I agree – it looked like "Roid Rage"

      November 29, 2011 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  13. ThaGerm

    LOL, "Crimes against humanity"? Really? You are calling him dumb?

    November 29, 2011 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  14. ignoranceisbliss

    to truth-racism does not belong on here. Suh may be black, but that doesnt justify you calling names like a grade schooler would.

    November 29, 2011 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Pam Young

    He should be thankful that is all he got and I am very disappointed in the league for not giving him a harsher punishment.

    November 29, 2011 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
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