Former NFL VP of Officiating Mike Pereira isn’t involved in league matters any more, but he has a good read for how discipline is doled out in the NFL.
So his words on FoxSports.com don’t come as good news for the Lions.
“The question won’t be if the NFL will suspend [Ndamukong] Suh, but when — and for how many games,” Pereira writes. “Suh’s not dirty, he’s filthy.”
Pereira points out Suh leads the league in personal fouls since entering the league and later suggests a suspension of multiple games.
“Suh met with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell recently to discuss his on-field play and afterward said he had a better understanding of how to play the game within the rules. I would say he needs another lesson — or two. Maybe three,” Pereira writes.
It’s worth noting that what Suh did Thursday isn’t any worse than what Vikings defensive end Brian Robison did earlier this year when he kicked a Packers player in the junk. Robison was fined $20,000.
The difference here is Suh’s history and the high profile nature of the Thanksgiving game. That’s why Suh seems fairly likely to be suspended at least one week.