With the league’s decision on discipline for his kick to Packers guard Evan Dietrich-Smith coming soon, Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh is trying to curry favor with the powers that be.
Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that Suh called NFL commissioner Roger Goodell on Sunday to apologize for his actions during the Thanksgiving game. One of the many factors believed to be weighing on the league as they decide Suh’s fate was his lack of remorse in the hours after the game, which makes reaching out to Goodell a pretty good move on the public relations front.
It probably won’t be enough for him to avoid a suspension, but it does raise the chances that he’ll only be suspended one game for the kick that led to his ejection. There’s not much history of multiple game suspensions in the Goodell era as only Albert Haynesworth has gotten such treatment from the league office.
Suh and Goodell got to know each other recently when Suh went to meet with the league about his habit of running afoul of league regulations during games. It didn’t seem to do the trick, but perhaps the fallout from Thursday’s incident will get Suh to take into account the ramifications of what he does on the field.