As the football-following world waits to see what the NFL will do about Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh’s most recent dirty play, it makes sense to give credence to any reporting done by the media company owned and operated by the NFL.
Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports that it’s unlikely that Suh will be suspended for a low hit behind the play on Vikings center John Sullivan. Presumably, the NFL would have something to say to its employee if its employee were dead wrong on a matter this significant.
If it’s true that a suspension is unlikely, it’s also unfortunate. Suh was suspended two games in 2011 for a pro-wrestling style half-hearted stomp on the arm of Packers offensive lineman Evan Dietrich-Smith. The illegal hit on Sullivan was far more likely to cause injury, and in turn to limit or end Sullivan’s career.
Between the two incidents, Suh applied a foot to Texans quarterback Matt Schaub in a way that will make it far more likely to allow him to hit those really high notes.
In many respects, Suh’s most recent hit is the manifestation of the kind of cheap shots a bounty system encourages. If players and coaches are going to be suspended for words that could lead to such outcomes, players should be suspended for actions that actually do.
Especially in light of Suh’s history of infractions.
This one is a no-brainer. Suh should be suspended. NBC’s Rodney Harrison, who once was suspended for a game based on a series of illegal hits, strongly believes that a suspension is warranted. During Monday’s Pro Football Talk on NBCSN, Harrison suggested a four-game suspension for Suh.