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Suh can’t practice pending appeal

Ndamukong Suh AP

Given that only a handful of players have been suspended for on-field conduct during the tenure of Commissioner Roger Goodell, not much attention has been paid to the league’s procedures for such situations.

The Ndamukong Suh case will change that, and the situation demonstrates very real differences between the process for appealing suspensions for on-field actions and suspensions for violation of the league’s steroids, substance abuse, and personal conduct policies.

For example, the league is willing to expedite the appeal of Suh’s suspension, which presumably applies to all other suspensions for on-field behavior.  For off-field infractions, the appeal process often takes months.  That’s good for the players, to the extent that the players want to get the situation resolved sooner rather than later.

But here’s where it’s not so good for the players.  NFL spokesman Greg Aiello tells PFT that, while his appeal is pending, Suh can’t practice with the team.

That’s the opposite of the protocol that applies when players appeal suspensions for steroids, drugs, or personal conduct.  Under those policies, the player remains eligible to practice and play until the appeal is resolved.

And it’s objectively unfair to keep the player away from his team pending the outcome of the appeal.  What if Art Shell decides on Friday afternoon that Suh shouldn’t be suspended at all?  Suh will be less prepared for Sunday night’s game against the Saints than he otherwise would have been, because Suh will be banned from practice.

It’s a loophole that needs to be addressed, and that arguably should have been addressed within the context of the new CBA.

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43 Responses to “Suh can’t practice pending appeal”
  1. Pacific NW Mark says: Nov 29, 2011 7:48 PM

    Not sure the lack of reps will hurt him against New Orleans – I’m guessing he’s fully capable of cheap shotting quarterbacks and corkscrewing opponent’s helmets off with or without practice.

  2. commandercornpone says: Nov 29, 2011 7:50 PM

    just how much practoce does one need for stomping?

  3. shaggytoodle says: Nov 29, 2011 7:54 PM

    Thats fine, I guess he will just have to work on his footwork at home.

  4. rashardmendenballs says: Nov 29, 2011 7:56 PM

    I myself knew Suh(nor any other player) would be able to practice or nor would suh or any other player be able to participate in any media obligations if they happen to be suspended from the NFL. This was something that was negotiated into the new CBA thanks to numbnuts Goodell.

    Again this shows you that Goodell is not component to be commissioner of the NFL. HECK! he is doing a great job of ruining this great sport!

    Between this stupid clause and all of the ticky tack calls or the “helicopter dad” brand of football; I been asking myself more and more each week. Why is the NFL starting to get very boring watch?

  5. marvsleezy says: Nov 29, 2011 7:57 PM

    It wouldve been addressed sooner, but they were too busy arguing about money. Little things like this that actually matter to the game were swept under the rug

  6. lionsfanatic84 says: Nov 29, 2011 8:07 PM

    Art shell will determine Suh is a cleaner player than any of his former raiders

  7. test2402 says: Nov 29, 2011 8:19 PM

    These guys at the top of the comments are right. He doesn’t need to practice. Just continue on being himself. I wonder who it will be to “accidentally” roll on the side of this guys leg and put him out with a major injury.

  8. nitschke66 says: Nov 29, 2011 8:20 PM

    I hope for the sake of the Lions, that this suspension is enough for Suh to get his anger in check. He’s an awesome talent but young. Seems intelligent. I can’t wait for him and the Lions to come to Lambeau on Jan 1!! Undefeated could be on the line for the Pack and a playoff berth for the Lions – exciting!!!!

  9. howley1 says: Nov 29, 2011 8:40 PM

    I have an idea. Don’t do anything to get suspended and this won’t be a problem.

  10. thridandlong says: Nov 29, 2011 8:41 PM

    I love to see him running around the field in a big diaper.

    Baby Suhey

  11. sf49erguy says: Nov 29, 2011 8:42 PM

    Poor Madonnakong… hope you enjoyed your 15 mins of being a decent team. you’re now known for this clown..

  12. bostontim says: Nov 29, 2011 8:44 PM

    “What if Art Shell decides on Friday afternoon that Suh shouldn’t be suspended at all? ”

    If Art Shell decides that Suh shouldn’t be suspended, then Art Shell is a moron and should be fired (I said IF).

  13. ducksouped says: Nov 29, 2011 8:56 PM

    If they reduce his fine and or suspension, was anything accomplished? Whats the point of 2 games if they just reduce it a day later? quit coddling these guys!

  14. shaggytoodle says: Nov 29, 2011 9:04 PM

    @nitschke66

    I know its a ways away from being undefeated, but that would be interesting, to see the Lions to come to down to help stop and undefeated regular season, a couple years after the Packers finished them off in thier winless season a few years ago.

  15. Steelerbear78 says: Nov 29, 2011 9:10 PM

    How much practice does one need to get shut down by an undrafted free agent?

  16. stevenfbrackett says: Nov 29, 2011 9:14 PM

    If some infraction is serious enough to get a suspension, even one that is ultimately reduced or overturned, is serious enough to warrant sitting out a couple of practices.

  17. rraider says: Nov 29, 2011 9:16 PM

    It isnt a loophole….It is a deterant for those that commit idicotic on field acts. Suh and the the NFLPA should have consider this before filing their appeal.

    If it was a negotitation then the NFL would have started at 4 games and reduced to 2.

    The reason that the steriod appeal allows for continued practice is that there could actually be a mistake or mitigating circumstance that the NFL didnt know about.

    The facts are clear in on field cases.

  18. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Nov 29, 2011 9:16 PM

    Its about time the refs actually got something right. You Suh-k. Hahaha. BElIEVERS. WARRIORS. UNDEFEATED. CHAMPIONS. BOW DOWN

  19. howley1 says: Nov 29, 2011 9:17 PM

    HA! “Madonnakong”. Well played, sir.

  20. mike106 says: Nov 29, 2011 9:19 PM

    The way he uses his feet, You would think he played for Rex……

  21. cliffordc05 says: Nov 29, 2011 9:20 PM

    There is a possibility that the penalty will be reduced. There is no chance it will be rescinded. Suh will serve at minimum a one game suspension. This is a nice ‘loophole’ to worry about in print but in the real world it is a non-issue.

  22. noeffinway says: Nov 29, 2011 9:20 PM

    nitschke66 says: Nov 29, 2011 8:20 PM
    “I hope for the sake of the Lions, that this suspension is enough for Suh to get his anger in check. He’s an awesome talent but young. Seems intelligent. I can’t wait for him and the Lions to come to Lambeau on Jan 1!! Undefeated could be on the line for the Pack and a playoff berth for the Lions – exciting!!!!”
    ____________________________________

    You’re not REALLY a packer fan, are you? Because that wasn’t the least bit idiotic or cheesehead-like. Thank you.

  23. blurryvisi0n says: Nov 29, 2011 9:51 PM

    What is this fool appealing, your on camera dude suck it up!

  24. PCa Survivor says: Nov 29, 2011 10:03 PM

    Looks like the Steelers were the only players to actually read the CBA before voting

  25. txxxchief says: Nov 29, 2011 10:17 PM

    This cannot be good for Chrysler 300 sales. On a good note for Suh, Howie Long, Steve Wisniewski and Bill Romanowski have sent letters to Goodell praising Suh and his fair, sportsmanlike conduct.

  26. wcdunkenfield says: Nov 29, 2011 10:26 PM

    I predict that Suh won’t change and that a few more incidents lie in his future. Angry venegful players remain that way forever, as the fuel for the power in their game is sourced from that anger and hatred of others.

    Suh stomping that guy revealed his true self.

  27. souldogdave says: Nov 29, 2011 10:28 PM

    It ain’t much. A token thing to make noise about to cloud the actual issue.

  28. goodluckking says: Nov 29, 2011 10:32 PM

    Please hurry up and write another article about Suh, so everyone can write about how dirty he is and how big an idiot he is.

    I mena everyone else int his league is so clean, perhaps the NFL should just ban him for life?

  29. Deb says: Nov 29, 2011 10:47 PM

    Supposedly Art Shell, etc., are in charge of the appeals process, but I’ll never believe Goodell doesn’t have final say. And Goodell won’t rescind that suspension. He may, however, let it be reduced to one game.

    If Suh’s outburst hadn’t garnered so much public attention during the national Thanksgiving game, he wouldn’t have been suspended. We’ve seen how Goodell works. If you’re a name player whose negative behavior gets a lot of negative coverage, you’re damned. If you’re a little-known player who does the same thing with little press notice, you’re ignored. It’s not about right and wrong with Goodell; it’s about PR.

    What Suh did was wrong, but it was no worse than him trying to yank off player helmets, which could have done serious neck damage. The only difference is this time the nation was watching.

  30. rea1talk says: Nov 29, 2011 10:56 PM

    the commissioner is doing exactly what he thought he would…make the nfl a sissy league and have the fans buy into it without even knowin ahhahahaha YOU FANS ARE A DISGRACE TO THOSE WHO WATCHED THE NFL YEARS AGO….*SPITS ON ALL OF U GUYS………take that! lol and u too goodell

  31. thejuddstir says: Nov 30, 2011 12:02 AM

    Carl Gerbschmidt says:
    Nov 29, 2011 9:16 PM
    Its about time the refs actually got something right. You Suh-k. Hahaha. BElIEVERS. WARRIORS. UNDEFEATED. CHAMPIONS. BOW DOWN

    ——————————————
    I’m thinkin’ Suh-sie must have stomped on “Carl’s” head at some point……..

  32. scratchnpost1234 says: Nov 30, 2011 1:19 AM

    Carl Gerbschmidt says:
    Nov 29, 2011 9:16 PM
    Its about time the refs actually got something right. You Suh-k. Hahaha. BElIEVERS. WARRIORS. UNDEFEATED. CHAMPIONS. BOW DOWN

    and anyone wonders why Suh was ticked off?

  33. scratchnpost1234 says: Nov 30, 2011 1:23 AM

    blurryvisi0n says:
    Nov 29, 2011 9:51 PM
    What is this fool appealing, your on camera dude suck it up!

    Maybe you should get an eye exam, and anger management while your at it. Watch the play before the stomp and tell me who had more chance of getting injured, Suh, or Smith?

  34. 27xwschamps says: Nov 30, 2011 1:36 AM

    Too d@&n bad jackass !!

  35. dumbaseinstien says: Nov 30, 2011 1:59 AM

    It’s comical that the best these “journalists” can find to talk about is linemen getting physical….rediculous! Bunch of Panzies!!

  36. dabeloved says: Nov 30, 2011 2:15 AM

    I would like to appeal my speeding ticket that was caught on camera your honor. Oh wait, I can’t it was caught on camera! What exactly is this dufus appealing?????

  37. dabeloved says: Nov 30, 2011 2:45 AM

    What exactly are you appealing? My God I’m sick of hearing about it! You did what you did! Next!!!!

  38. dabeloved says: Nov 30, 2011 2:50 AM

    Art Shell is on the appeals committee, really, I thought he was part owner of Death Row Records! Go figure. My God NFL, make a decision and stick with it.

  39. couchbasher says: Nov 30, 2011 7:07 AM

    I hope an opponent gives SUH a taste of his own medicine and takes out a knee and ends his career forever….

    Manipulator and jerk.

  40. couchbasher says: Nov 30, 2011 7:08 AM

    If the appeal is upheld, I will hate the lions more and boycott the NFL.

  41. sojumaster says: Nov 30, 2011 7:33 AM

    Processing an on-field suspension and an off-field suspension differently is not a “loophole”. They should be handled differently anyways. When you act on the field, ALL the evidence is there. What is there to argue? Heck, what is there to even appeal? Off-Field actions will take awhile because you do not have all the evidence on hand. There is piece of evidence that probably needs to be cleared by legal to be allowed to be view by the NFLs appeal process.

  42. bhindenemylines says: Nov 30, 2011 9:48 AM

    If Suh was trully sorry for his actions and knows what he did was wrong, then he should just shut up and take the two game suspension.

    By appealing it, he is saying that he still doesn’t believe what he did is wrong. I know that it is a general practice to appeal all suspensions in the hope that it is reduced, but Suh needs to step up and just do what is right.

    If I was Art Shell I’d extend the suspension to 3 games for this idot wasting everyone’s time.

  43. hatesycophants says: Nov 30, 2011 10:21 AM

    Is Erik Walden (the Packer who beat his girlfriend for Thanksgiving dinner) allowed to practice?

    Go Lions! Go Badgers!

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