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. scranton

    I could care less about the stomp it was his lying about it saying he was just trying to keep his balance. After he looked at what everyone else seen he changed his story. Liar denotes lack of character. He has none.

    November 29, 2011 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Truth is an ignorant d8ouch bag

      Hey Truth.. Can you be more racist? People like you are half the reason why we as a country are doing so bad. Keep your ignorance and comments to yourself. If you have kids (which I pray you don't) I hope you don't spread your ignorance to them, or spread your ignorance to others. Go die in a fire please thanks..

      November 29, 2011 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • ^Ignorant truth^

      Another internet bully who wouldn't mention what he said to ONE black person. Probably got his ass kicked in school too..

      November 29, 2011 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Dirt

    wow.... Truth – this is a sports blog – keep your trolling to news blogs and keep in mind there are some people who might believe your sickness and not realize you are just trying to hyjack this blog for some twisted fun...

    November 29, 2011 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dirt rhymes with hurt

      We can't judge kids like that. It's not his fault his parents taught him ignorance. Of course he will cower behind the safety of his monitor though. I'd love to meet a guy like that face to face.

      November 29, 2011 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Robb1371

    Just like, I wouldn't want to see Suh hurt intentionally ...I don't want to see Suh hurt someone else. I was hoping for 4 game suspension.
    I think he hasn't learned anything with the 2 games and will see himself in trouble sooner rather than later.

    November 29, 2011 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Chilen

    Hockey fans think the punishment is too harsh. Normal human beings think 2 games is appropriate or not harsh enough.

    November 29, 2011 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Mike from Metro Detroit

    Two games is plenty harsh for the stomp. Anything more would be ridiculous and those who are crying about the rest of the season, off the team and the like are simply ignorant to the NFL. Suh was stupid and for all purposes, cost his team the game, or any chance they had at possibly winning the game. Suh will have some work ahead of him to regain his teammates support and confidence again and hopefully his coaches too. The head shoves, I think, were understandable. The way the block was executed and folded Suh back looked scary and Suh was in a very dangerous position. That could have been a career ender for anyone. The stomp afterwards was foolish, stupid, can go on and on. His post game comments were even worse. Hopefully, this will be the wake up call baby Suh needs, but I'm not holding my breath.

    November 29, 2011 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |

      Baby suh...Baby Suh-ey! I love it. Not that I would call him that to his face. It would take a mere mortal like me about 2 weeks to recover from the hits these guys give and get 20x a game.

      November 29, 2011 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
  6. bad2worse

    This is football!
    It is a violent sport!
    Suh's actions, although un-sportsman like are part of the violent game.
    Keep adding more rules and penalties and no one will watch.
    Next time, I hope he tears the guys helmet off and punches him in the face.
    Great for entertainment!
    Most of you complaining and whining, never played a sport and are pussseeze!

    Get over it already!

    November 29, 2011 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dewayne

      You're not very bright. Go watch MMA or something. Football is about running, tackling, kicking the ball, throwing the ball, and scoring points. Punches and other foolishness have no place in the game. Period.

      November 29, 2011 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sheepleherder

      It may be aggressive and physical but it's not "violent" until someone decides to forget the SPORT and makes it an ATTACK against another player. Funny how it's always the ones who have never really played at a high level of competence, who are ready to excuse unnecessary violence, not inherently part of the SPORT.

      November 29, 2011 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |

      Part of the game..really? Really? REALLY? If it's part of the game, then when was the last time you saw a flagrant stomp?Sure there are finger-bends, eye-pokes and other nasties happening, but go back to your video game if you think this is common...

      November 29, 2011 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bugmenot

      Yo Mama

      November 29, 2011 at 6:42 pm | Report abuse |
  7. roksnbeast

    The key is this: for any future such violations, the penalty is doubled. That would be 4 games for the next violation, 8 games for the one after that, 16 games for the one after that, continuing until he is banned for life.

    November 29, 2011 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Mike from Metro Detroit

    For people like "Truth" simply hit the "Report abuse" and let the administrators remove the posts. No need for everyone else to waste our time in acknowledging such people. Unfortunatley, like I am doing right now.

    November 29, 2011 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Tim

    Suh should have been suspended for the rest of the season, and if he ever kicked another player in his carreer, than boot him for life. There's too much talent out there to be concerned about any single player. These are the rules, you get paid insane amounts of money, obey the rules or bye bye. He has already been warned. This is not the first time this has happened in his career. He previously had a sit down meeting with NFL officials where they explicitly spelled out to him what was acceptable and what is not (maybe they forgot to mention that kicking was not allowed). What if they were playing outside on grass and he was wearing spikes? Would that be acceptable? He appears to have an anger problem which he is unable (or unwilling, hey only two games, he'll be back) to control. I only admire athletes that control thier temper and emotions during a game. If you look back, the greatest players were the most gracious in defeat (ironic because most of the greatest players won more than they lost).

    November 29, 2011 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  10. chrissy also from metro detroit

    @ mike (f.m.d.) theres always at least one in here, may as well get used to it! And the punishment fit the crime according to NFL guidelines you guys! Suh still knows he let his team down, thats prolly worse to him than the money!

    November 29, 2011 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
  11. gung hoe

    I will tell you who is taking a sigh of relief tonight,thats the 0 line of minnesota and their q back and new orleans saints 0line and dre brees for none of them has to face suh this year.But thats ok we have another mad man to take Suhs place in Nick fairly so new orleans and minnesota have fun with fairly

    November 29, 2011 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Portland tony

    It's a football thing. His peers will eventually solve his behavior problems if he doesn't personally take control of them.

    November 29, 2011 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
  13. s kel


    November 29, 2011 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
  14. adam

    see nebraska produces

    November 29, 2011 at 8:18 pm | Report abuse |
  15. adam

    i was talking to skyler and was like see what nebraska produces

    November 29, 2011 at 8:21 pm | Report abuse |
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