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Suh’s willingness to sit on Sunday night could be a leverage play

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In a confusing and unexpected twist to the Ndamukong Suh saga, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that Suh plans to appeal the two-game suspension meted out by the league on Tuesday, but that he also plans to serve the first game of the punishment while the appeal is pending.

Schefter explains that Suh has been encouraged by the NFLPA to pursue the appeal, in order to ensure that players who engage in similar behavior won’t be suspended in the future.  And that, of course, will do nothing to improve the current public perception of the NFLPA.  Already suffering from the appearance that the NFLPA wants to protect HGH users by refusing to honor an agreement to conduct HGH testing, the NFLPA now risks developing a reputation for running interference for players who stomp on other players.

It’s odd that Suh would willingly miss a key game against the 8-3 Saints.  Maybe the Lions and Suh realized after watching New Orleans’ performance last night against the Giants that it won’t matter if he plays.  Or maybe Suh and/or the Lions have decided to adopt a bit of a passive-aggressive approach, taking the medicine in a manner that allows Suh to create a sense that he’s remorseful (despite his ridiculous comments from last Thursday) while also sticking it to the league by making one of the highest-profile players unavailable for a nationally-televised primetime game.

Either way, Suh is trying to have it both ways.  He wants to fight the decision, but he also doesn’t want to be perceived as not taking responsibility.  The best approach could be for the league and Suh to negotiate a one-game suspension in exchange for a waiver of his appeal rights, with the suspension being served in Week 14, when the Lions host the Vikings.

Maybe Suh’s stance is aimed at getting the league interested in just such a resolution.

UPDATE 3:02 p.m. ET:  The letter sent by the league office to Suh promises an expedited hearing and a decision before Sunday’s game, if Suh appeals the suspension.  Under the rules, however, Suh has three days to file his appeal.  So he apparently could wait until Friday and necessarily delay the process past Sunday, allowing him to play against the Saints.  We’re in the process of gathering more information regarding the league’s proposed timeline and the relevant terms of the CBA.

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86 Responses to “Suh’s willingness to sit on Sunday night could be a leverage play”
  1. trbowman says: Nov 29, 2011 2:44 PM

    Suspension shouldn’t be reduced.

  2. chc4 says: Nov 29, 2011 2:45 PM

    How would reducing the suspension to 1 game be in the league’s best interest? Do you want Suh to learn a lesson or should we continue to appease the bully?

  3. yevrag3535 says: Nov 29, 2011 2:45 PM

    He is a twit!

  4. jaggedmark says: Nov 29, 2011 2:46 PM

    This more a case of the Lions/Suh realizing they won’t beat the Saints in New Orleans regardless if he plays or not.

    So make sure they get him back immediately after this game.

  5. bozosforall says: Nov 29, 2011 2:46 PM

    Sounds like the kind of deal that Goodell would offer his butt buddy Robert Kraft, not the kind of deal that he would offer to the former doormats, the Lions.

  6. thedisbackindtown says: Nov 29, 2011 2:46 PM

    insert Suh haters! Lets hear it ladies! Tell me all about how dirty Suh is!!! MOVE ON!

  7. silvernblackpa says: Nov 29, 2011 2:47 PM

    Whatever happens, I feel the most VITALLY IMPORTANT thing is that he serves his suspension when the Lions travel to Oakland.

    Why? Uh…no reason. (Go Raiders)

  8. edmazeing1 says: Nov 29, 2011 2:47 PM

    How about he miss the Oakland, Game!!!

  9. packattack1967 says: Nov 29, 2011 2:49 PM

    So Suh me.

  10. alpod says: Nov 29, 2011 2:49 PM

    as a raiders fan, i hope this plan backfires and he misses our game

  11. joewilly says: Nov 29, 2011 2:49 PM

    Or maybe he thinks based on Goodell’s history that 2 games was ridiculous given this year players who threw punches and kicked people in the groin received no punishment, as well as Bradshaw who threw a helmet AT a fan last year! Oh, that couldn’t be it – it has to fit with your storyline that he is a monster, never mind that he was blasted helmet to helmet after the whistle when he finally got off the ground while having his leg grabbed with no call after several suspicious calls against him and his team. But if you only watch the part of the replay that shows the kick you don’t need to think about it. Jeez- I thought the obsession with Andrew Luck’s draft status in October was nauseating but now I’m starting to miss it.

  12. notthekiller says: Nov 29, 2011 2:50 PM

    I totally agree, We NEED Suh for the Saints game! He at least stops one touchdown pass..With that being said the final score is

    45-24 Saints

    This comming from a DIE HARD LIONS FAN!

  13. 3ghostninja says: Nov 29, 2011 2:51 PM

    The only way he plays vs. the Saints is if the suspension is overturned. The appeal will be expedited so a final decision will be known before the games kick off on Sunday, according to the NFL’s statement.

    “…If appealed, an expedited hearing and decision would take place this week in advance of this weekend’s games.”

  14. tennis22drew says: Nov 29, 2011 2:51 PM

    Please continue to use the image of Suh with the towel on his head

  15. irodex says: Nov 29, 2011 2:51 PM

    With every story that gets posted about Suh and the Lions it makes me hate them that much more.

  16. realnflmaster says: Nov 29, 2011 2:51 PM

    The NFLPA is nothing but a bunch of slimey blow hards. They remind me of a criminal organization that isn’t afraid to put their face out there, because they know nothing can be done.

    Completely ignoring the entire HGH testing issue, and now hoping Suh get’s his suspension overturned so that players can stomp on other players and get away with it? What kind of drugs are those people on?

  17. thehatefulnerd says: Nov 29, 2011 2:52 PM

    Why would the union be protecting Suh moreso than Evan Dietrich-Smith?
    If some dude took a cheap shot on Suh and tried to stomp HIM, that dude should get suspended too. The union’s position shouldn’t be that stomping people is ok, because it’s the players who are doing it. Because it’s also the players who are getting stomped on.
    Am I missing something?
    Where’s OSHA in all of this!?

  18. realnflmaster says: Nov 29, 2011 2:52 PM

    oh and J-E-T-S JETS JETS JETS.

    WOOOOOOO.

  19. fleebusmcgee says: Nov 29, 2011 2:52 PM

    The NFLPA has nothing to gain by defending him. His act was against another player whose livelihood was at stake while being stomped. The NFLPA should represent the players being abused by this turd.

  20. fearthewopr says: Nov 29, 2011 2:54 PM

    Your logic escapes me(alot)…goodell told him to appeal…and the appeal was going to be expedited anyway…so either way he misses the saints game…

    Its the half-reporting that’s done here that irritates me….

  21. childressrulz says: Nov 29, 2011 2:56 PM

    2 games is not enough. I hope he is back so the Pack can show him who his daddy is in week 16.

  22. dldove77 says: Nov 29, 2011 2:56 PM

    More likely, he knows that on appeal he’ll have to serve at least one game, so why not serve it during the game that would be broadcast to the largest audience, thus taking him out of the spotlight, especially when it’s so fresh in our minds.

  23. ahs2 says: Nov 29, 2011 2:58 PM

    Orrrrrrr….he knows he was a fool and is owning up to it and it that state or regret is allowing the NFLPA to push him to appeal…we can all spin it.

    The wheel on the conspiracy bus goes round and round…

  24. ursodiol says: Nov 29, 2011 2:58 PM

    maybe he’s not feeling 100% and needs to sit out for a game anyway. maybe his knee flaring up? i heard that was the knock on him during the draft.

  25. packmanfan says: Nov 29, 2011 2:58 PM

    It doesn’t look like he’s learning his lesson or will stop playing dirty.

  26. cdaws84 says: Nov 29, 2011 3:00 PM

    fleebusmcgee…really his livelihood was at stake? Dont get me wrong Suh is wrong and should be suspended….but that little back kick to a fully padded 300lb man isnt risking his livelihood. They do a lot worse in the trenches…which as Marshal Faulk suggested…how do we know that Suhs outburst wasnt in retaliation to something unseen. Amazing how many people like football with 300lb men colliding on every play…but get worried about a half assed back kick…

  27. coldplay519 says: Nov 29, 2011 3:01 PM

    I’m glad he was suspended. He embarrassed his team, and perpetuated this notion that the Lions are dirty. Suh should sit.

    Whether the Lions are dirty or not isn’t for me as a Lions fan to decide. I’m not at the bottom of every pile, and I really could care less. I want them to win, and I don’t give a crap how they do that.

    But it’s not working. The team as a whole – from the coaching staff down to the last guy on the bench – need to focus on playing the disciplined, aggressive football that gives them a chance to win every game. They’ve shown it at times, but they have yet to show that consistent effort in back-to-back games.

    That’s the difference between being a team that is hated, and a team that is hated because it wins Super Bowls.

  28. semperfi24 says: Nov 29, 2011 3:01 PM

    I still dont understand his apology. He was “just taking himself out of the situation”, so is he apologizing for that? Or is he apologizing for lying in the press conference? Or is he apologizing for what he actually did… ? Or is he just saying what he needs to say, and doesnt really have any remorse or regret?

  29. hedleykow says: Nov 29, 2011 3:03 PM

    Following Suh’s next forced fumble, recovery, and return for a touchdown, it would be awesome if his endzone celebration incorporated “The Stomp”.

    Don’t take yourselves so seriously, you freaks. It’s football. Get a life.

  30. mountaindont says: Nov 29, 2011 3:04 PM

    He should be suspended 2 games and forced to wear the name “Peggy Suh” on his jersey when the suspension is over

  31. gosuhgo says: Nov 29, 2011 3:06 PM

    Haha seriously, the Saints game is gonna be tough any way around it. Save it for the AFC West matchups when we really need those wins.

  32. kingmj4891 says: Nov 29, 2011 3:07 PM

    Here is what Schefter wrote:
    “Ndamukong Suh knows he made a mistake, but he has been encouraged by NFLPA and Roger Goodell to appeal 2-game suspension and he will.”

    Read it even Goodell wants him to appeal it!

  33. djpurvis says: Nov 29, 2011 3:11 PM

    BOYCOTT SUBWAY SANDWICHES UNTIL THEY DROP SUH!!

  34. nflfootballjunkie says: Nov 29, 2011 3:12 PM

    Blah, Blah, Blah. Lions finish 8-8 with or without the gorilla

  35. chc4 says: Nov 29, 2011 3:12 PM

    Suh has actually played like garbage this year. That’s what is lost in all this. His subpar play is being masked by these outbursts. Maybe part of his master plan.

  36. mrnick66 says: Nov 29, 2011 3:12 PM

    thehatefulnerd is right the players union is picking sides between 2 of there players ,would they still feel the same way if suh was the stompee.the whole point of any union is all workers are equal,except for backup offensive guards

  37. otis52gsh says: Nov 29, 2011 3:12 PM

    Even suh knows they can’t win against the Saints.

  38. greenbaysucks says: Nov 29, 2011 3:12 PM

    Reducing his suspension will do no good for the NFL or the NFLPA.

    As stated – NFLPA is already in a bad public light and defending this idiot will only make it worse.

    How would reducing the suspension make other players be less foolish? If anything, it empowers the players to do whatever they want because they can just appeal the suspension, even when horribly in the wrong.

    Keep it at 2 games – or don’t. Whatever, the Lions suck anyways.

  39. bootguy says: Nov 29, 2011 3:13 PM

    Two games isn’t NEARLY long enough ! This punk is a habitual offender . He played this way last year , and it’s escalating this year ! The league should suspend him for the rest of the regular season . Then let him start with his whiny apologies and calss to Goodell ! If they want to teach him a lesson , then teach him one !!!! They have to quit coddling players like this jerk !!!

  40. thridandlong says: Nov 29, 2011 3:17 PM

    Let him play….he’s a changed man remember !

    Then 2 games can turn into 4 when he kicks Brees in the ba*ls for throwing 4 TD’s against the
    ‘ Cowardly Lions ! ‘

  41. jimmysee says: Nov 29, 2011 3:18 PM

    It doesn’t help him to be playing cutesey with the league.

  42. tdk24 says: Nov 29, 2011 3:18 PM

    I wonder if the NFLPA would back his victim if he tried to press charges against Suh. Not saying he could press chargers, just saying what if. The problem here is Suh, not the NFL. If the NFLPA were smart, they would show Suh some tough love instead of, “hey you tried to maim one of your co-workers, you better kiss some commish a$$ so you can get back out there as soon as possible and do it again.”

  43. wetpaperbag3 says: Nov 29, 2011 3:19 PM

    Suh is an idiot and incredulous in his apologies and excuses. That being said, Suh has a legitimate case for a reduced suspension or even a total repeal of ANY suspension.

    The problem is that Commissioner Goodell and league front office has/is being caught being hypocritical and inconsistent in the way it doles out its punishments. A few weeks ago, you had separate incident where a player got kicked in the family jewels from another player laying prone on the ground. No suspension was ever issued for that incident; thus the potential argument/case for Suh.

    From the finest, to the suspensions, to the appeals process, the league has been nothing more than unfair, biased, and hypocritical.

  44. jimmysee says: Nov 29, 2011 3:20 PM

    The NFLPA has an enormous conflict of interest in this thing.

    The union is encouraging Suh to appeal — so no future player gets suspended for stomping on another NFLPA member?!

    What about the union taking a stand for the second stringer who got stomped?

  45. theprofesser says: Nov 29, 2011 3:21 PM

    This dude needs a reality check. If he intends on appealing the suspension I would give him another game or two. His lack of remorse shows that he believes he can do as he pleases and just pay the fine. For once Godell can put the hammer down on someone who is reckless and negligent.

    While I understand what the NFLPA is doing here I can’t understand advising this guy to appeal the suspension. He has continuosly shown that his goal is to go out and physically harm people. I think because of the body of work that Shu displays (snacthing helments off and throwing QB’s around like rag dolls) the NFLPA should back up another superstar instead of this one.

    And I use superstar very loosely.

  46. ambitoos says: Nov 29, 2011 3:23 PM

    This guy deserves a four game suspendion. He’s lucky he just got two.

  47. scratchnpost1234 says: Nov 29, 2011 3:24 PM

    Whatever happens, I feel the most VITALLY IMPORTANT thing is that he serves his suspension when the Lions travel to Oakland.

    Why? Uh…no reason. (Go Raiders)

    The REAL reason for the witch hunt?

  48. scratchnpost1234 says: Nov 29, 2011 3:25 PM

    Ahh, the site let a post thru, the gestapo editors must be at lunch?

  49. 4gone says: Nov 29, 2011 3:26 PM

    Like it or not, the NFL made him one of the poster boys of the league. Now they have to dicipline him because of how blatent the offense was but don’t want him out for too long. Roger wants to look tough but not alienate the players. Suspensions are like traffic tickets, appeal them and they reduce them.
    He is appealling, Roger will give him credit for the Packer Game as 1 game suspension cutting the actual supension to 1 (full game) missed which will be the Viking Game. He will play in Saints game during appeal. NFL, NFLPA, TV networks, Lions Fans= Happy. Everyone else…NOT SO MUCH.

  50. primetime0552 says: Nov 29, 2011 3:27 PM

    I am a Lions fan and think deserved to be suspended for this, but he could possibly win the appeal. I think he definitely gets it reduced to one game. This season alone you had Charles Woodson punching a guy in the groin and only getting a fine. He didn’t get kicked out of the game or suspended like he probably should have. Same goes for the Vikings player who just kicked lang in the groin a few weeks ago. There has been a couple other players that have thrown punches this year who have not been suspended or kicked out of the game as well. So based on that Suh/NFLPA will probably get the suspension reduced to one game. The NFL needs to be consistant on their suspension for these to stick. If they all would have gotten one game suspensions or even kicked out of the game for their actions then Suhs suspsenion would stay at two games since he is a repeat offender. Since nothing was really happened in the other cases Suhs suspension will probably get reduced to one game. It is basically the same way Cedric Benson got his suspension reduced to one game…..

  51. fcs34 says: Nov 29, 2011 3:27 PM

    Suh couldn’t spell leverage if you spotted him the L V and G

  52. santolonius says: Nov 29, 2011 3:28 PM

    i think we should be fair about what we criticize suh for doing.
    stomping a player… yes.
    lame excuse in post game presser… yes.
    agreeing to serve his suspension starting sunday (called potentially “passive aggressive” in this post)… no. that is not fair.

  53. turrrds says: Nov 29, 2011 3:30 PM

    I am a huge Lions fan, and completely agree with the suspension. I’d rather he not even appeal. It will suck to not have him vs. the Saints and Vikings, but I’d rather him serve it now, and get it out of the way. The last 3 games (Raiders, Chargers, and Packers) will be critical in deciding the Lions playoff chances, and they will need him for that. Besides, a DT rotation with Corey Williams, Sammie Hill, and Nick Fairley is still very good. Hopefully he learns from this, because it is getting to be very hard to continue to support him.

  54. schmitty2 says: Nov 29, 2011 3:30 PM

    hedleykow says:
    Nov 29, 2011 3:03 PM
    Following Suh’s next forced fumble, recovery, and return for a touchdown, it would be awesome if his endzone celebration incorporated “The Stomp”.

    Don’t take yourselves so seriously, you freaks. It’s football. Get a life.

    How about this..let’s let Suh stomp on your head and see how serious you take that

  55. terrorhawk2 says: Nov 29, 2011 3:30 PM

    I say test these guys for roids so we can watch normal guys dishing out/receiving normal calibur hits, less concussions, less replays, overall fan happiness. If everyone starts taking dives like that dope from Cincinnati, so help me God ill boycott and so will my kids and their kids, etc.

  56. scratchnpost1234 says: Nov 29, 2011 3:30 PM

    Whatever happens, I feel the most VITALLY IMPORTANT thing is that he serves his suspension when the Lions travel to Oakland.

    Why? Uh…no reason. (Go Raiders)

    Isn’t this the type of comment that got Howard Cosell fired?

  57. scratchnpost1234 says: Nov 29, 2011 3:33 PM

    Isn’t this the type of comment that got Howard Cosell fired?

    Well, looks like that comment was removed, maybe there IS some integrity on this site after all. Good going PFT.

  58. realitypolice says: Nov 29, 2011 3:34 PM

    Why should Suh or the Lions want to “stick it to the league” for any reason?

    Both Suh and the team have publicly stated that Suh was in the wrong, why would they interfere with the league’s disciplinary policy?

    I’m not sure how playing games with the system helps rehabilitate Suh’s reputation with the league or the public, for that matter.

    As I said before, with or without Suh the Lions are probably going 1-1 in their next two games. So just sit out the games, and show you meant what you said in your apology.

    And, by the way, come back nice and fresh for the stretch run that will determine whether you get into the playoffs or not.

  59. nomoreseasontix says: Nov 29, 2011 3:43 PM

    Just waiting for the day he gets his knees taken out….

  60. mattmillen4president says: Nov 29, 2011 3:45 PM

    I just hope Suh asks himself “What Would Tim Tebow Do?”

  61. lawyermalloy says: Nov 29, 2011 3:45 PM

    “Voluntarily” sitting out a game and getting paid in the process, is obviously not the same as being suspended(W/O pay).
    I would suggest that if he appeals and decides to sit out a game VOLUNTARILY, the leagues is not bound by his act of sitting and still give him a two game suspension after the appeal process.

  62. yzguy431 says: Nov 29, 2011 3:47 PM

    this league is becoming a joke. no hitting, this goon, fines. i think hockey season started.

  63. Gravy says: Nov 29, 2011 3:48 PM

    The NFLPA is representing Suh.

    Who is representing Dietrich Smith?

  64. jimmysee says: Nov 29, 2011 3:49 PM

    Suh’s prior bad acts work against him in assessing the punishment.

    If the NFL had a three strikes law, he’s be getting life without parole.

  65. rmc1995 says: Nov 29, 2011 3:58 PM

    If there is an appeal process why shouldn’t Suh be able to use it how he wants to use it? Perhaps the Lions believe they can beat the Saints after what they saw last night? The Saints lost to the Bucks and Rams so its not like they are going to concede. Maybe their play last night fell right into tendencies.
    Take your medicine talk is for chumps and kids. Suh is a grown man who could lose 2 pay checks. Maybe this doesn’t affect Suh’s finances but it surre as heck will affect the league minimum player. 2 games will be the standard for offenders if he holds his head down and takes it. Players and fans should be concerned the league can suspend a player for two games without cause of injury on the field.

  66. shaggytoodle says: Nov 29, 2011 3:58 PM

    I use to be a fan of his, but he really needs to just suck it up.

    Tough enough to display those actions during the last game.

    Not tough enough to deal with the consequences.

  67. n0hopeleft says: Nov 29, 2011 4:00 PM

    joewilly says:
    Nov 29, 2011 2:49 PM
    Or maybe he thinks based on Goodell’s history that 2 games was ridiculous given this year players who threw punches and kicked people in the groin received no punishment, as well as Bradshaw who threw a helmet AT a fan last year! Oh, that couldn’t be it – it has to fit with your storyline that he is a monster, never mind that he was blasted helmet to helmet after the whistle when he finally got off the ground while having his leg grabbed with no call after several suspicious calls against him and his team. But if you only watch the part of the replay that shows the kick you don’t need to think about it. Jeez- I thought the obsession with Andrew Luck’s draft status in October was nauseating but now I’m starting to miss it.

    ___________________________________

    Brandon Jacobs threw his helmet last year AT the Giants bench, and it got caught on his hand and went into the stands in Indy.
    He didn’t throw his helmet at any human being purposely. He immediately apologized. Even so, Giants fans lashed out at him on local radio and online, including me, and rightly so. We DO NOT support that kind of behavior in Giants football. While some cities like to have that reputation, and say they don’t care, the Giants care how they are perceived. You defending your boy, who is clearly delusional, is a problem.

    You need to get your facts straight.

  68. jm91rs says: Nov 29, 2011 4:04 PM

    You really think Suh would sit because they don’t think they can win against the Saints? That’s absurd. This is the NFL, a good team (lions) can beat a great team (saints) on any given Sunday. Having your best defensive player available for your toughest games makes more sense than sitting him and playing him against an easier team.

    Perhaps he realizes he was an idiot and he wants to just sit the two games and get it over with (because we all know there’s no way this is getting reduced). The sooner the suspension is finished the sooner he puts it behind him and helps the team for a playoff push. Ask all of those star caps players how it feels having a pending suspension hanging over your head, just get it over with.

    As you said, the appeal is just a formality and it’s being done to protect future offenders.

  69. savocabol1 says: Nov 29, 2011 4:07 PM

    Is it possible that he voluntarily sits for their upcoming game and appeals the suspension. The suspension is upheld and he has to sit for the next two games (missing three games total)?

    If he sits isn’t he effectively telling the NFL to go flip themselves and he will sit whatever games he damn well feels like?

  70. i3addog says: Nov 29, 2011 4:08 PM

    He still didn’t apologize to the Packers player and for that I will always consider him a doosh.

  71. Derty Ernie says: Nov 29, 2011 4:12 PM

    Suh will lose on all counts . The NFLPA already told him that the formality of filing a complaint probably goes nowhere and that he will miss two games regardless so it may be best to start now and get it over with.
    Why the NFLPA would ask him to appeal for the sake of others is another reason why I hate unions, they have this pain in the ass all the time mentality.

  72. primetime0552 says: Nov 29, 2011 4:12 PM

    Gravy says:Nov 29, 2011 3:48 PM

    The NFLPA is representing Suh.

    Who is representing Dietrich Smith?

    ————————————————-

    Is smith appealing something that happened? This isn’t Suh against Smith. This Suh(basically the NFLPA) against the NFL. Do you feel the same way when other guys get suspended for on field actions(rarely) or fined for something on the field when their fine gets reduced? Fines are almost always reduced when players appeal them. So that means the NFLPA doesn’t care about the player they hit to deserve the fine? “Come on man”

  73. shaggytoodle says: Nov 29, 2011 4:14 PM

    Can they tack an extra game on just for listening to all his sillyness the last week.

  74. thejuddstir says: Nov 29, 2011 4:14 PM

    If anything, his penalty should be increased…….the fact that he is going to appeal is evidence that his apology was fake and he has no remorse. He got off easy with just the 2 gms and I believe the NFL will regret that slap on the hands because it wasn’t harsh enough to deter him from continuing his dirty play……wait til he seriously hurts another player and that player sues the NFL, that will surely get Goodell’s attention.

  75. gb4mn0 says: Nov 29, 2011 4:34 PM

    thedisbackindtown says:
    Nov 29, 2011 2:46 PM
    insert Suh haters! Lets hear it ladies! Tell me all about how dirty Suh is!!! MOVE ON!

    ———————————–
    Ok, he’s not a dirty player. To quote Mike Pereira “he’s filthy!”

  76. rmc1995 says: Nov 29, 2011 4:35 PM

    Love these threads. There are always a couple of lazy fans who throw out stupid comments. 1). Can’t wait for a player to take out his knee garbage. Players have been going at Suh’s knees all season so it won’t be some grand payback, it will be because o-lineman have been dirty and double teaming him all season to slow him down not because of some scale of justice. (2) the comments that Suh is having a bad season. The Lions are a top 10 defense and lead the league in Third down defense. They are top Five in turnovers. Suh collapses the pocket and doesn’t allow a QB to step up. On the play Suh for kicked out he pushed the pocket in so quickly

  77. nflfollower says: Nov 29, 2011 4:38 PM

    “The best approach could be for the league and Suh to negotiate a one-game suspension in exchange for a waiver of his appeal rights, with the suspension being served in Week 14, when the Lions host the Vikings.”

    Why would that be the best approach? Because you work for NBC and ratings would be higher if Suh were playing Sunday night? Sounds like the best approach from Suh’s perspective would be for him to sit the Saints game (a likely loss anyway) and win his appeal and get to play against the Vikequeens.

    **On a side note, the NFL powers that be and the media are turning this league into a soap opera**

  78. souldogdave says: Nov 29, 2011 4:39 PM

    Either way it falls his 1st game back will be IN THE BLACK HOLE. Last time he came to the Bay Area, the 49ers ANTHONY DAVIS THREW SUH AROUND LIKE A RAG DOLL. I expect no less from Jarod Valdheer. Suh is an immature player of low intelligence and this season is proving it. He hasn’t dominated, he gets mad and it costs his team! Bring it on 12\18 Suh, the Black Hole is waiting…

  79. purpleisreallypinkyouknow says: Nov 29, 2011 4:40 PM

    “….while also sticking it to the league by making one of the highest-profile players unavailable for a nationally-televised primetime game.”

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Sticking it to the league??? If you watched that game on Thanksgiving, you’d know that no one even realized Suhsie was in the game, and it wasn’t apparent until he pulled the WWF move that anyone even saw him all game.

    You’re not too high profile of a player when you’re on your arse or back the whole game….and being beatdown by a no name O-lineman, to boot.

  80. souldogdave says: Nov 29, 2011 4:50 PM

    Wow, Lawyermalloy, great point. Follow the money. By “voluntarily” sitting out the game pending appeal, he thinks he’ll still gets paid. So him sitting out this game is between him and the team. And it will have NOTHING to do with the league suspending him for 2 games. BRAVO! You are a good lawyer, Malloy. Solomon like solution, the only fair,logical one to me.

  81. dabearssuck says: Nov 29, 2011 4:59 PM

    fleebus:
    His act was against another player whose livelihood was at stake while being stomped.

    ———
    Are you serious? Do you work for the media, because you are embellishing just a bit here. Dietrichs livelihood was barely at stake with that situation.
    Suh was out of line there, but it’s nothing more than crap that happens all the time in these games. The media and league spotlight has been on Suh, and so here we are today.
    Everyone needs to just move on. He’s getting his deserved suspension. Get over it already!

  82. chetwynnr says: Nov 29, 2011 5:06 PM

    I doubt the Lions are up to competing with the Saints with or without Suh. It seems that Suh is up to playing mind games however. It is something like having a six-year-old head on a grown man’s body. The word ‘petulant’ comes to mind.

  83. brownsince64 says: Nov 29, 2011 5:14 PM

    The suspension is 2 games without pay. Even if he sits out, the league will either tell the Lions not to pay or OR could suspend him for another 2 games.

    Just once the league should increase the suspension after an appeal. Any other “appeal” in life carries some risk. They should do the same here.

  84. bringbacktheflex says: Nov 29, 2011 6:34 PM

    “Suh has been encouraged by the NFLPA to pursue the appeal, in order to ensure that players who engage in similar behavior won’t be suspended in the future.”

    Typical of any “union”. They don’t care about quality of their product or player safety. All they care about is money.

  85. goldsteel says: Nov 29, 2011 9:51 PM

    I don’t agree with the suspension. It’s more of Roger Goodell’s heavy handed approach to player behavior. (They saw it on TV so something has to be done). I remember when Albert Haynesworth stepped on a guy’s head who was laying on the ground without a helmet. Was he suspended? NO!

    Suh has anger management issues and he needs counseling not suspensions. The NFL has only had one commissioner and his name was Pete Rozelle.

    GO STEELERS!

  86. bringbacktheflex says: Nov 29, 2011 11:33 PM

    Haynesworth was suspended for 5 games for that action. Nice try.

    This is a GAME guys. A violent game. Guys get hurt and maimed WITHIN the rules. If you don’t suspend someone who tries to injure someone outside the rules then we just have Rollerball (which was a great movie but I don’t really want to watch athletes die on the field.)

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